On Thursday night, Joe Biden gave a speech from the White House’s Oval Office, where he provided an update on the two major conflicts happening across the globe.
During the speech, he vowed that America would not remain on the sidelines in Israel’s war against Hamas and Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Biden said he would send an “urgent budget request” to Congress on Friday “to fund America’s national security needs to support our critical partners.
Including Israel and Ukraine is a smart investment that’s going to pay dividends for American security for generations.”
During his Oval Office speech Thursday evening, President Biden announced that he would send an urgent budget request to Congress to help fund wars in Israel and Ukraine to support America's national security needs. pic.twitter.com/SLfXA33kPO
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) October 20, 2023
Biden’s speech was met with some criticism, with Republicans and others accusing him of trying to fix problems that he previously caused.
They accused him of attempting to use the slaughtering of Israelis and the current humanitarian crisis in Gaza to request additional funds for the Ukraine conflict.
Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley said Biden’s weakness around the globe is to blame for the current state that the country is in.
The shame of it all is that we wouldn’t be in this terrible position if Joe Biden hadn’t been so weak in Afghanistan, so slow in Ukraine, so pandering to Iran, and so absent from the border.
The world is on fire, and America needs strong new leadership to deal with it.
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) October 20, 2023
Fellow Republican candidate Tim Scott said it was “unbelievable” that Biden’s speech focused more on Ukraine than it did our ally Israel, which was attacked by Hamas less than two weeks ago.
Iran policy is Israel policy.
How we treat Israel’s greatest enemy—the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world—directly impacts its ability to threaten our greatest ally in the region.
We cannot say we support Israel while we release billions to their enemies. pic.twitter.com/n6R6m2MlRB
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) October 19, 2023
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Scott also joined “Hannity” on Thursday evening, when he further discussed President Biden’s address.
“Our ally, Israel, was bombed by a terrorist organization and tonight’s speech focused more on Ukraine than Israel,” the presidential contender said. “That’s unbelievable.”
Scott also said Biden should have more clearly sent a message to Iran and the consequences they would face if they continue to back terror groups like Hamas and Hezbollah.
He added, “There’s no way around it.”
Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, said Biden appeared to correlate the two global conflicts to “sell the American people” on additional aid to Ukraine, which has warred with Russia for more than 600 days.
“I think what the president did is completely disgraceful. If he wants to sell the American people on $60B more to Ukraine, he shouldn’t use dead Israeli children to do it. It was disgusting,” Vance wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Sean Hannity addressed the speech during his show on Thursday.
“I thought it was cliché,” Hannity said. “I wanted to hear more about the barbaric brutality that took place in Israel, the worst terror attack in their history. I wanted to hear more about the hostages. I wanted to hear more about the Americans killed. I wanted to hear more about what America needs to do in all this.”
The general consensus is Republicans were not impressed with his speech.