FACT CHECK: Did Joe Biden Announce He Will Defund The Department Of Veterans Affairs?
An image shared on Facebook claims President Joe Biden announced he will “immediately” defund the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“Well isn’t he just an all around good guy,” text accompanying the post reads.
There is no evidence Biden has made such an announcement. The claim originated from a satirical website.
The Feb. 11 Facebook post appears to show a screen grab of an article that says Biden “has announced that he will immediately defund the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.” It also attributes a quote to the 46th president: “They knew what they were signing up for.”
There is, however, no indication Biden has announced such a thing or made the comment credited to him in the post. Check Your Fact didn’t find any announcements to that effect on the White House website or in Factba.se, an online database that collects Biden’s public remarks. (RELATED: Did Kamala Harris Say, ‘Our Military Are Soulless Cowards’?)
Instead, Biden proposed on his presidential campaign website to “restore the VA as the premier agency for ensuring our veterans’ well-being.” His proposal included “providing veterans world class health care to meet their specific needs,” “creating meaningful employment and educational opportunities” and “improving VA management and accountability.”
Through a keyword search, Check Your Fact found that the Facebook post lifts word-for-word from an article titled “Biden to Defund the Department of Veterans Affairs” that was published by America’s Last Line of Defense. On the website’s “About Us” page, it describes itself as part of a network that publishes “parody, satire, and tomfoolery.” The satirical article can be found in the “Biden Satire For Delusional Trumpsters To Hate” category.
Despite America’s Last Line of Defense disclaiming that its content is satirical, some Facebook users shared the story without a similar disclaimer, a common way misinformation spreads online.