Biden and Trump Campaign in Georgia as Democrats Debate Gaza Crisis

Biden and Trump Campaign in Georgia as Democrats Debate Gaza Crisis

This week on Face the Nation, moderated by Margaret Brennan:

Both presumed nominees turn the page to the general election, and President Biden steps up the pressure on Israel to tone down the violence in Gaza. Ahead of Tuesday's primary in a crucial general election battleground, President Biden and former President Trump both campaigned in Georgia Saturday night, a state that in the last presidential race went blue for the first time in nearly 30 years.

Bernie Sanders is Interviewed about Israel Conflict

Seventy miles north of Biden's event, Trump said it was not fair to compare him to his opponent. (Begin video clip) "Two very unpopular people are running for office, very unpopular," said Trump. (End video clip)

President Biden Leaned In to a Tougher Approach in the Israel-Hamas Conflict, Privately Vowing a Come-to-Jesus Talk with Prime Minister Netanyahu. (Begin video clip) "He must, he must pay more attention to the innocent lives being lost as a consequence of the actions taken," said Biden. "He's hurting -- in my view, he's hurting Israel more than helping Israel. And I think it's a big mistake. So I want to see a cease-fire." (End video clip)

Sanders Calls for Halting Aid to Israel

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is interviewed about the situation. He emphasizes the unprecedented crisis and the potential for hundreds of thousands of children starving to death. He notes that Israel is in violation of the law for stopping American humanitarian aid and calls for the halt of aid to Netanyahu's war machine to kill Palestinian children.

Biden's Red Line on Israel's Operation in Rafah

Yesterday, President Biden was asked about Israel's plans to launch an operation into the southern city of Rafah in Southern Gaza. (Begin video clip) "It is a red line, but I'm never going to leave Israel," said Biden. "The defense of Israel is still critical. So there's no red line I'm going to cut off all weapons, so they don't have the Iron Dome to protect them, they don't have -- but there's red lines that, if he crosses, and they continue -- you can't have 30,000 more Palestinians dead." (End video clip)

Warner and Rubio Discuss Rising Risk to U.S. Interests in the Middle East

Through the U.S. national security lens, how concerned are you about the rising risk to U.S. interests in the Middle East because of the close alliance with Israel's war in Gaza? (Begin video clip) "The reason why Hamas was armed, equipped, and felt the confidence is this broader narrative," said Rubio. "This broader objective that Iran has to drive the U.S. out of the region. It is why they are conducting attacks in Iraq and Syria. They want a U.S. troop presence out of the region completely." (End video clip)

Conclusion

As the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to escalate, Senator Sanders calls for a halt to American aid to Israel and emphasizes the unprecedented crisis in Gaza. President Biden sets a red line for Israel's operation in Rafah, and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairs Mark Warner and Marco Rubio discuss the rising risk to U.S. interests in the Middle East.

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