Biden Jokingly Threatened To Run Over Reporters Who Ask About Israel

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On Tuesday, President Biden jokingly threatened to run over reporters as he test-drove a new Ford electric truck. 

As Biden test-drove the new electric truck, he jokingly threatened to run over reporters who wanted to ask questions about escalating Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

This happened during the unscheduled trip by Biden at a Ford testing facility located in Dearborn, Michigan. After which, the President can be seen driving a new Ford all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck. 

Biden on Israel 

While Biden was seating in the driver’s seat, a reporter raised a question about Israel. The reporter asked if he would take a quick question about the ongoing airstrikes of Israel with Hamas. 

To which Biden said, “No, you can’t.” Biden then dryly joked that he would only accept questions about Israel if reporters got “in front of the car” while he “stepped on it.” This caused some reporters to have a good laugh. Later, Biden said he was “only teasing.” 

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After which, Biden floored the gas pedal later turning the truck around and honking as he sped by. 

On Tuesday, Biden delivered a speech at a Ford factory. This is in relation to his effort to push the passage of his American Jobs Plan. A $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan that would boost $174 billion into electric vehicles. 

Accordingly, Biden calls electric vehicles, “the future of the auto industry.” He added that investments are needed to catch up to China in production and sales.

Biden Admin Strategy: “Quiet, Intensive Diplomacy.”

Meanwhile, Biden is facing heightened stress to help end the violent conflict in the Middle Easy. To add more to it, Democrats have been divided over the consistent economic and military support the U.S. has provided Israel since its founding.

On Monday, in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to the White House, the President expressed support for a case-fire. However, he has not declared on one publicly. Though Biden officials stated that the administration’s strategy is through “quiet, intensive diplomacy.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters while en route to Michigan that Biden has been doing his job long enough to learn that the “best way” to put an end to an international conflict is to “not to debate it in public.” She added that they will continue to be engaged behind the scenes.

On the other hand, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi participated the call of lawmakers for an immediate cease-fire. This move increased pressure on the Biden administration to more strenuously intervene to help end the violent conflict. 

Pelosi issued a statement calling Israel “our friend and ally” and maintaining that it is in the U.S. national security interest to support security in Israel.

The House Speaker stated that after more than seven days of hostilities, the need for a ceasefire has become apparent. She then called for “serious efforts” on both the ends of Republicans and Democrats to cease violence and treat both the Israeli and Palestinian people with respect.