US President Joe Biden misunderstood a journalist’s question about whether Israel should delay its potential military invasion of Gaza until more hostages were released, answering “yes.” A White House spokesman was quick to clarify, as the response was interpreted as advice. to the Israeli government. .
The president “did not hear the entire question” because he was absent
“The president was away. He did not hear the full question. It sounded like this: ‘Would you like to see the release of more hostages?'” He had no further comment, White House spokesman Ben Lamboldt said.
Biden, 80, was preparing to board Air Force One (Reuters Photo/Julia Nickinson, top) when a reporter popped the question, shouting over the roar of Air Force One’s engines. Joe Biden paused and said yes, before boarding the plane.
“with a great happiness”
Earlier, the White House announced that President Biden spoke by phone with the two American women – Judith and Natalie Raanan – who were released by Hamas on Friday.
After declaring that he was “very happy” about the happy ending to their ordeal, he promised that the United States would not stop its efforts “until the rest of the Americans held hostage in the Gaza Strip return home.”
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