On Wednesday, Joe Biden visited Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu amid the rising tensions in the Middle East.
His planned meeting with Palestinian leader Abbas and other Arab leaders was canceled due to the hospital strike in Gaza, forcing him to forego his visit to neighboring Jordan.
After spending a few hours there, Biden departed without taking any questions from reporters who asked him about his meeting with Netanyahu and Americans held hostage in Gaza.
“I’m hopeful we can get some Americans out, as well, of Gaza, and hopefully we will continue to work toward getting other Americans out through other means, as well,” Biden told reporters.
“Do you think it was necessary for you to come here?” a reporter asked.
Biden got snarky with the reporter: “What do you think? I’ll let you answer that.”
“What about getting people out?” another reporter asked of the American hostages held by Hamas.
“The answer is we’re gonna get people out, but I’m not going into any detail with you now—” Biden said before Karine Jean-Pierre jumped in and saved the day.
“Alright, we gotta wrap up,” Karine Jean-Pierre said.
Another reporter asked: “Are Israelis operating within the rules of war that you talked about last week?”
“Good talking to you all,” Biden said as he walked away.