Senator Fetterman breaks with President Biden on US response to Iranian attacks: 'We should support Israel'

Senator John Fetterman, Democrat of Pennsylvania, said he disagreed with President Biden over his position that the United States would not join an offensive operation against Iran in a interview on Sunday, saying he would “never capitulate to the marginalized.” ” of his party.

CNN host Jake Tapper asked Fetterman to respond to reports that Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the United States would not participate in any offensive operations against Iran during a conversation on Saturday.

“Do you think this is the right decision or should it guide U.S. military action, as some of your Senate colleagues are suggesting, if it should be on the table?” He asked.

“I don't agree with that, I just think we should follow through and put Israel back in the situation. I don't agree with the president. It doesn't change the fact that he's a fantastic president. I'm proud to stand with him, campaign for him and vote for him,” he replied.

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Senator John Fetterman joins CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday, April 14, 2024. (Screenshot/CNN)

Tapper asked Fetterman to respond to Sen. Marco Rubio, who said the fact that the White House leaked this information about the Biden-Netanyahu conversation was “offensive” to him because it meant Biden was trying to “appease the extreme left of his party. “.

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“The president is entitled to his own opinions and what he decides to do. But I will never capitulate to the outsiders. I will never bow to that either. In fact, it empowers Hamas and Hamas , they are actually convinced that they “We are winning the PR war. And they'll never negotiate at this point, they think they're going to hold out until the end,” Fetterman said.

“And I know why they're not willing to provide any proof of life. And I don't know why there's not more of this conversation in the media, like what about the hostages? What about their “Where are they now? And let's bring them home. And then all the harsh words should be directed at Hamas, who started all of this and now continues to hold more than 100 Israeli hostages.” , he continued.

Fetterman argued that Hamas could end the war today if it released the hostages.

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President Joe Biden speaks at the Abbotts Creek Community Center during an event to promote his economic agenda in Raleigh, North Carolina, January 18, 2024. (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)


As Iran launched a large wave of attack drones and missiles toward Israel on Saturday, the Israeli military was tracking and preparing to intercept the weapons in the first-ever direct attack on Israel by the Islamic Republic, the Islamic Republic reported. Times of Israel.

Earlier on Saturday, Netanyahu said Israel had been “preparing for weeks for the possibility of a direct attack from Iran.”

Netanyahu said that “Israel's air defenses are deployed, we are ready for any scenario, both in attack and defense,” Fox News Digital reported.

The White House pledged Saturday that U.S. support for Israel's security was “ironclad,” pledging to stand with the Jewish state and “support its defense” after the Iran launched a drone aerial attack on the country on Saturday afternoon.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convenes the weekly cabinet meeting at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel, January 7, 2024. (REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/Pool/File photo)

Fetterman was also asked during the interview if he was concerned that Trump could win Pennsylvania. The senator said it would be a close race.

“Trump, of course, he's very popular here. I said the same thing eight years ago, in 2016. And I was worried and now I'd like to point out that Joe Biden is the only American to ever beat Trump politically and he's going to do it again and he's going to win Pennsylvania and it's going to be close,” Fetterman said.


Fox News' Stepheny Price and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.


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