The top White House spokesman on Tuesday steered clear of what appeared to be a major flip-flop by Vice President Joe Biden, who seemed to change his story on whether he supported for the successful raid on Osama bin Laden in 2011.

On Tuesday morning, Biden told a Washington, D.C., audience that when he and President Obama were alone, he backed the mission that ultimately led to bin Laden's death. Biden said Tuesday he thought Obama "should go."

But according to the The New York Times in 2012, Biden advised against it. "Mr. President, my suggestion is, don't go," Biden recalled saying in January, 2012. "We have to do two more things to see if he's there.'"

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White House spokesman Josh Earnest tap danced around the apparently contradictory comments by refusing to answer questions about it.

"I was not in the room when these decisions were being made or when the president was consulting his advisers about this very difficult foreign policy call that he made," Earnest said in response to a question.

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