PUBLISHED: 09:52, Wed, Nov 18, 2020 | UPDATED: 09:52, Wed, Nov 18, 2020
The President-elect was targeted by a series of scathing Republican advertisements during this year's highly contentious US election, which claimed Mr Biden, 77, was completely against the decision to raid, and kill, bin Laden. It had become a stick with which Republicans, such as current President Donald Trump, used to swing the public against the Democrat, despite conflicting reports about Mr Biden's actual thoughts of the 2011 attack. But Mr Obama, who was President between 2009 and 2017, admitted that Mr Biden "weighed in against the raid", although he backed his colleague when the decision was ultimately made.
Mr Biden argued that Mr Obama should take longer to make a decision as "enormous consequences of failure" would hang large over the administration, if the Navy Seals’ May 1 mission in Abbottabad, Pakistan was not a success.
In his latest memoir, A Promised Land, Mr Obama said that his Vice President believed he "should defer any decision until the intelligence community was more certain that bin Laden was in the compound" the US was set to raid.
He added: "As had been true in every major decision I’d made as President, I appreciated Joe’s willingness to buck the prevailing mood and ask tough questions, often in the interest of giving me the space I needed for my own internal deliberations.”
Republican claims that Mr Biden was fully against the raid, which would eventually see the al-Qaeda leader killed, therefore appear false as the Democrat wanted Mr Obama to wait a bit longer to ensure bin Laden was definitively tracked.
Joe Biden 'bucked public mood over Bin Laden' as he told Barack Obama to WAIT for deadly raid (Image: GETTY)
US news: Joe Biden and Barack Obama after bin Laden order given (Image: GETTY)
Reports from the White House in 2012 explain that while in the Situation Room a year before, where the order to kill bin Laden was delivered, Mr Obama "went around the tables with all senior people... asking for opinions".
Mr Biden added: “He said, ‘Joe, what do you think?’ And I said, ‘You know, I didn’t know we had so many economists around the table.’
"I said, ‘We owe the man a direct answer. Mr President, my suggestion is, don’t go. We have to do two more things to see if he’s there.’”
Mr Biden, or those closest to him, have never exposed exactly what the "two more things" he wanted to do were, but his plea to wait was ultimately heard by Mr Obama, who would order the raid the following day.
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