Palestinian officials and members of Abu Akleh’s family have criticized the US probe and are urging the US to do more to hold Israel accountable for the killing.
Biden on Friday called Abu Akleh’s death an “enormous loss” as he stood alongside Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem in the West Bank.
“I hope that her legacy … will inspire more young people to carry on her work of reporting the truth and telling stories that are too often overlooked. The United States will continue to insist on a full and transparent accounting of her death and will continue to stand up for media freedom everywhere in the world,” Biden said.
He added, “She was an American, an American citizen and a proud Palestinian and she was performing very vital work in an independent media, a vital work of democracy.”
On his journey through Bethlehem to meet the Palestinian leader, Biden’s motorcade drove past a giant mural of Abu Akleh, painted on the high concrete wall built by Israel to separate it from the West Bank.
The image included the word “justice,” which was written across the body armor Abu Akleh is wearing in the picture.
Other posters of the correspondent had also been hung across the city.
At the presidential compound, where Biden met Abbas, many Palestinian journalists and TV technicians wore identical T-shirts bearing an image of Abu Akleh in her memory.
And at the press briefing held at the end of the two leaders’ meeting, a chair in the front row had been left empty, except for a large photo of the late reporter.
CNN is among at least five media outlets that conducted investigations that suggest the shot that killed Abu Akleh was fired from a position where only Israeli troops were located. None of the investigations found any evidence of Palestinian militants near Abu Akleh when she was shot, or of militants who had a direct line of fire toward her. A United Nations Human Rights Office investigation reached the same conclusions as the journalistic investigations.
CNN’s Hadas Gold contributed to this report.