Biden repeats debunked Amtrak story for fifth time during presidency

For the fifth time during his presidencia, Biden told a story dating back to when he was vice president about a lighthearted encounter with former Amtrak employee Angelo Negri.


I commuted every single day, 263 miles a day, on Amtrak from the time I got elected United States senator,” el presidente dijo. “I got to know all the conductors really well, they became my friends – I mean, De Verdad, my genuine friends, I’d have them at my home for Christmas and during the summer.

And Ange walks up to me and goes, "Joey, bebé,’ grabs my cheek and I thought the Secret Service was going to blow his head off,” él dijo.

I swear to God, historia verdadera,” él recordó. “yo dije, 'No, No, he’s a friend.’ I said, ‘What’s up, Ange?’ And he said, "Joey, I read in the paper you traveled 1,200,000 miles on Air Force planes.’

Negri then informed the vice president that he had traveled 2,200,000 miles on Amtrak, according to Biden’s telling.

’So Joey, I don’t wanna hear this about the Air Force anymore,"” Biden recalled Negri joking.

I’m a train guy,” el presidente dijo, concluding his story and launching into his pitch on his Build Back Better agenda and bipartisan infrastructure bill.

Fox News has previamente reportado that the story does not add up.

El obituario de Negri indica que se retiró de Amtrak en 1993, mientras Biden todavía era senador. Adicionalmente, La oficina de Biden lo celebró golpeando 1 millones de millas en Air Force Two en 2015 y Negri falleció el año anterior.

Biden’s telling of the story has also varied.

El presidente afirmó anteriormente que sucedió en el “cuarto o quinto año” de su vicepresidencia, while he claimed as recently as last week that it happened in the seventh year of his tenure.

En otra versión de la historia que Biden ha contado anteriormente., iba a volver a visitar a su madre enferma cuando ocurrió la interacción, aunque su madre, Catherine Eugenia Finnegan, murio en 2010.

Fox News’ Evie Fordham and Houston Keene contributed reporting.

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