(WASHINGTON TIMES) The White House said Monday that President Obama still has confidence in Vice President Joseph R. Biden despite an escalating series of public gaffes that forced Mr. Biden to apologize over the weekend to key Arab allies in the fragile U.S. coalition fighting Islamic State terrorists.

Mr. Biden “is somebody who continues to be a core member of the president’s national security team,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. “The president is pleased to be able to rely on his advice.”

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