On Wednesday afternoon, Vice President Joe Biden visited a roundtable with Jewish community leaders in the Indian Treaty Room of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
He was accompanied by Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff.
The purpose of his visit was to address the recent attack from Hamas which resulted in over 1,700 Israeli deaths and 22 American fatalities.
Additionally, reports have emerged that many hostages are being held captive under threat of execution and having their killings broadcast online.
The Vice President expressed his support for Israel and its people, as well as the safety of those being held hostage by Hamas.
He also noted his commitment to providing $6 billion to Iran in order to fund efforts against terrorism in the region.
He asserted that he is taking steps to liberate American hostages, but he did not provide any specifics.
“We’re working on every aspect of the hostage crisis in Israel, including deploying experts to advise and assist with recovery efforts,” Biden said. “Now, the press are going to shout to me, and many of you are, that you know … what are you doing to bring these — get these folks home? If I told you, I wouldn’t be able to get them home. Folks, there’s a lot we’re doing, a lot we’re doing.”
Biden continued, “I have not given up hope of bringing these folks home,” he continued. “But the idea that I’m going to stand here before you and tell you what I’m doing is bizarre. So, I hope you understand how bizarre I think it would be to try to answer that question.”
At one point Biden glitched and froze.
“I just look… I mean… *long pause*… I’ll never forget… Well, I won’t go into that —Anyway…” Biden said.
BIDEN: “I just look… I mean… *long pause*… I'll never forget… Well, I won't go into that —Anyway…”
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) October 11, 2023