In a scathing criticism, Sen. Josh Hawley took aim at President Biden’s choice to host a barbecue at the White House during an ongoing hostage crisis in Gaza. The Missouri Republican didn’t hold back, even using humor to drive his point home. “While Hamas holds Americans hostage, Joe Biden is enjoying a picnic with a live band,” Hawley posted on X, referencing a White House pool report that detailed the Sunday evening event hosted by Biden and first lady Jill Biden.
The report noted that a “live band could be heard coming from the area around the Rose Garden.” However, it’s important to note that the barbecue was specifically organized for the Executive Residence staff and their families. Nonetheless, Hawley’s criticism comes at a time when Biden is already facing mounting scrutiny over Hamas’ surprise attacks on Israel. The Jewish state has swiftly launched a retaliatory campaign against the Palestinian terrorist group, which has resulted in a significant loss of life.
Hawley chides Biden for 'enjoying a picnic' while Hamas holds Americans hostage https://t.co/nOu8fMY7mJ
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As the situation in Gaza develops, U.S. officials are closely monitoring the crisis and have expressed their unwavering support for Israel. They are also working diligently to confirm reports of American casualties and ascertain whether any Israeli Americans are being held hostage. Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized the need to verify these reports, stating, “We have reports that several Americans were killed [and] we’re working to verify that. At the same time, there are reports of missing Americans, and there again, we’re working to verify those reports.”
As this crisis continues, questions remain about President Biden’s priorities and actions in the face of a dire situation. Only time will tell how criticism from Republicans like Hawley and others will impact the course of events.