White House staffers appear to have scrubbed the mention of “Islamist terrorism” from a video of a speech delivered by French President Francois Hollande at a bilateral meeting with President Obama.
According to the White House translation of Francois’ speech, he said the following:
We are also making sure that between Europe and the United States there can be a very high level coordination. But we’re also well aware that the roots of terrorism, Islamist terrorism, is in Syria and in Iraq. We, therefore, have to act both in Syria and in Iraq, and this is what we’re doing within the framework of the coalition. And we note that Daesh is losing ground, thanks to the strikes we’ve been able to launch with the coalition.
But in the White House video, the translated portion of his remarks about Islamist terrorism is muted, starting at 4:48 in this video, according to a report posted by the Media Research Center.
Watch the official White House video below:
In the White House video, starting at 4:48, Hollande’s female translator goes silent, while he continues speaking for about 15 seconds before the translation restarts.
Hollande’s reference to Islamist terror also appears to have been muted in the White House video.
The White House’s edited version of the video also has Hollande saying the following: “But we’re also well aware that the roots of terrorism–and we note that Daesh is losing ground thanks to the strikes we’ve been able to launch with the coalition.”
The edit excludes this passage; “Islamist terrorism is in Syria and in Iraq. We, therefore, have to act both in Syria and in Iraq, and this is what we’re doing within the framework of the coalition.”
The official video of the remarks posted by the Nuclear Security Summit was not edited, and includes the translation of Hollande’s remarks referring to “Islamist” terror.
A White House official released the following statement to Breitbart News in response to a request for comment:
The written transcript that was sent out from the White House and posted online is and has been accurate since it was released. A technical issue with the audio during the recording of President Hollande’s remarks led to a brief drop in the audio recording of the English interpretation. As soon as this was brought to our attention, we posted an updated video online with the complete audio, which is consistent with the written transcript we released yesterday.