On Wednesday, President Joe Biden said he saw “pictures of terrorists beheading children.”

Hours later, a National Security official walked back those comments.

The official told NPR Biden was referring to media reports about the attack in Israel.

President Joe Biden addressed Jewish community leaders at a round table on Wednesday, where he referenced a gruesome claim made by the Israel Defense Forces.

“It matters that Americans see what is happening,” Biden said, according to Axios reporter Barak Ravid. “I have been doing this a long time — I never thought that I would see and have confirmed pictures of terrorists beheading children.”

Later in the evening on Wednesday, a National Security official told NPR that Biden was referring to media reports when he made that remark. CNN reported Wednesday night that a White House official said that neither Biden nor the administration had seen these images and that Biden was referring to comments from Israeli officials and reports in the media.

Insider reached out to the White House to clarify Biden’s remarks. The White House did not immediately respond.

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