While speaking at a fundraiser in Minnesota on Wednesday evening, President Joe Biden said he thinks there needs to be a “humanitarian pause” between Israel and Hamas in order to get the hostages out.
Earlier in the evening, Biden was interrupted by a protester, reportedly a rabbi, who called on him to push for a ceasefire between the two sides.
“I think we need a pause. A pause means give time to get the prisoners out,” Biden said later in the evening, per pool reports.
According to CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, Biden also said he asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a ceasefire.
“Not sure exactly what this means, but Biden also said: ‘I’m the guy that convinced Bibi to call for a ceasefire to let the prisoners out. I’m the guy that talked to Sisi to convince him to open the door.’”
Biden has, for the most part, supported Israel’s right to defend itself and eliminate Hamas —now it sounds like he may be floundering on that stance.