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Fact Check-Biden was quoting Walmart U.S. CEO in viral clip taken out of context

Social media users have pointed out a brief video in which U.S. President Joe Biden is heard saying “end of quote” - with some claiming this was a mistake on his part, and shows him repeating a script that is being fed to him. The clip, however, has been taken out of context: full footage shows he was indicating the end of a quote said by Walmart U.S. CEO John Furner.

The seconds-long clip has garnered over 622,100 views on Twitter as of this article’s publication ( here , here , here ). Iterations are also viewable on Facebook here , here , here , here , here .

Comments include: “Who’s running the show. Definitely not sleepy joe,” “Omg, even SNL couldn’t write a script this funny,” “Well the Presidential Clown Circus is in town.”

The clip is part of an hour-long address by Biden on Nov. 23 ( here ).

Speaking about the supply chain disruptions the U.S. has experienced, and concerns ahead of the holiday season, Biden mentioned having talked to various corporate chief executives to discuss speeding up deliveries and lowering prices for consumers, including Walmart ( here ).

Around timestamp 2:45 ( here ), he can be heard saying:

“And by the way, you may have heard the CEO of Walmart yesterday, on the steps we’ve taken, he said, and I quote: ‘The combination of private enterprise and government working together has been really successful’. He went on to say ‘all the way through the supply chain there’s a lot of innovation,’ because of the actions we’ve taken things have begun to change, end of quote.”

The statement in question was made by Furner on Nov. 22 during an interview with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle ( youtu.be/yaDO1unt7P8?t=203 ). Asked about the recent meeting Walmart and other major retailers had with President Biden, Furton said:

“Well, the combination of private enterprise and government working together has been really successful. We’ve had a lot of participation, been able to participate in solving some of these congestion issues, so I would like to give the administration credit for helping do things like help get the ports open 24 hours a day.”

Around timestamp 04:04 ( youtu.be/yaDO1unt7P8?t=244 ) , he continues to say: “And then all the way through the supply chain, there’s been a lot of innovation and you know, week after week in the third quarter, in particular, sequentially each month of the quarter got stronger.”

It is not the first time that Biden has used the phrase “end of quote” in one of his speeches, to indicate he is referring to something said by someone else. Other instances are viewable here 9:13) and here 30:00).

VERDICT

Misleading. The isolated clip fails to show Biden was enunciating the words of a third party, not his own, and he said “end of quote” to indicate this.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work here.

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