The White House on Thursday doubled down on its insistence that there is “no understanding” between President Biden and Vice President Harris regarding support for the Palestinian people.
At the daily White House press briefing, Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked National Security Council spokesman John Kirby about a Politico report that said Harris urged Biden to show more concern about Palestinian casualties in the war between Israel and Hamas.
Kirby said the White House had already refuted “the basic premise of the story, which is that there was some sort of rift between the vice president and the president.”
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“I found the headline of the story interesting, which is, ‘The vice president is pressuring the White House, so you fill in the blank,'” he said. “Last time I looked, the vice president is part of the White House. She’s part of the team. And if she’s not advising the president on countless issues, Which It will be a story. “Its job is to provide advice and advice to the president.”
Politico on Thursday cited three unnamed sources in a report that said Harris was urging White House officials, including Biden, to show more sensitivity toward Palestinian civilians.
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Harris has reportedly argued internally that the White House needs a “day after” plan for when the fighting in Gaza stops, and she believes the US should be “tougher” with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
A senior administration official told Politico that the vice president called for him to be “more aggressive in pursuing long-term peace and a two-state solution.”
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In response to the story, Harris’ press secretary, Christine Allen, said: “There is no disagreement between the president and the vice president, and there never was.”
She stressed that the unified message from the White House is that Israel has the right and responsibility to defend itself, that humanitarian aid must be allowed to enter Gaza, that innocent Palestinians must be protected, and that the United States “remains committed to the two-state solution.” ”
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Kirby added that “the entire leadership team” of the Biden administration “wants to see no civilian casualties, and wants to see the Israelis more precise and more precise” in their strikes on Hamas.
He added: “The President is comfortable and confident that Vice President Harris has a true colleague and an important leader who understands the foreign policy direction he is trying to take this country and our leadership on the world stage, and is frank, forthright and educated.” “Smart and willing to tell him exactly what she’s thinking,” Kirby said.