Jordan's King Abdullah cancels planned meeting with President Biden

 October 18, 2023

President Joe Biden won't be going to Jordan this week after the summit he planned to attend there was canceled. 

According to the Associated Press, Biden had been scheduled to discuss humanitarian assistance for Palestinians as Israel prepares to launch a massive ground invasion of the Gaza Strip.

Biden had been set to meet with Jordan's King Abdullah

Renewed hostilities began in the area earlier this month after the Iranian-backed terror group Hamas launched an attack that killed an estimated 1,400 people and resulted in roughly 200 others being taken as hostages.

However, Jordan's King Abdullah called off the meeting following an explosion at a Gaza hospital. While Hamas has attributed the violence to an Israeli airstrike, Israeli maintains that the blast came from a stray Palestinian rocket.

Fox News reported that Biden addressed the matter during a meeting with  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

White House says Israel was not responsible for hospital strike

"I was outraged by the bombing of the hospital yesterday. Based on what I’ve seen, it was done by the other team. Not you," Biden said before adding, "But there's a lot of people out there who are not sure."

Adrienne Watson serves as White House National Security Council spokesperson, and she also stated that Israel is not to blame.

Meanwhile, The Associated Press noted that Wednesday saw the president deliver remarks in which he pledged that the United States "will stand forever" alongside Israel.

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators descend on Capitol

Not everyone in the United States is onboard with that message, however, as Fox News reported that pro-Palestinian demonstrators swarmed Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene released footage of the illegal gathering, calling it "an insurrection" and demanding to know if participants will be treated the same way that January 6 defendants were.

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