As Hamas terrorists continue their relentless campaign of destruction against Israel, President Joe Biden has been spotted enjoying a leisurely weekend on Rehoboth Beach in Delaware.
Pictures and videos of the 78-year-old president and first lady Jill Biden taking walks along the beachfront have sparked outrage and criticism, with many questioning why Biden is not responding to the escalating conflict in the Middle East.
In one clip, a reporter is heard asking Biden about the release of Americans being held hostage by Hamas terrorists, but the president simply waves and continues his stroll with his wife. The RNC Research group posted the video on social media, with a caption criticizing Biden for being at the beach while Americans are still being held captive by terrorists.
However, the White House has stated that despite his weekend getaway, Biden has been actively engaged in efforts to secure the release of the two American hostages. He even had a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during which he expressed his appreciation for Israel's support in helping with the hostage situation.
Americans are still being held hostage by Hamas terrorists — and Joe Biden is at the beach pic.twitter.com/uQDmIbFTYo
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 22, 2023
Meanwhile, the situation in the Middle East has only continued to escalate. In response, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has placed additional troops on prepare-to-deploy orders to the region. Austin stated that this is part of contingency planning and will increase the readiness and ability of these forces to respond quickly if necessary.
The exact number of troops being deployed is currently not specified, but it is estimated to be around 2,000. These forces will come from both the U.S. and other areas of operation, which could potentially include Europe.
While the U.S. has not taken any direct military action in response to the conflict, their support for Israel has been widely criticized by some as exacerbating the situation. Many are calling on the Biden administration to take a stronger stance and push for an immediate ceasefire.
As the violence and destruction continue to escalate, the world is watching to see how the U.S. will respond. With American lives at stake and tensions between Israel and Hamas at an all-time high, it is clear that the situation in the Middle East requires urgent attention and action from the Biden administration.