Former Vice President Mike Pence hit out at his former boss and his other Republican opponents for “signaling retreat” from Israel, allowing Hamas to launch the worst attack on the Jewish nation in 50 years over the weekend. Pence made clear in an interview with CNN Sunday that he blames the weakness of President Biden for having “emboldened the enemies of freedom around the world.”
“But I also believe this is what happens when we have leading voices like Donald Trump, Vivek Ramaswamy and Ron DeSantis signaling retreat from America’s role as leader of the free world,” the long-shot GOP presidential contender said of his rivals in the race. The former vice president also blamed Biden and his hasty withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and negotiations with Iran, two nations that are considered enemies of the Jewish nation.
“I mean, that disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan has emboldened the enemies of freedom around the world,” Pence said earlier in the interview. “And now war is raging in Eastern Europe.
“And President Joe Biden’s kowtowing for the last two-and-a-half years to the mullahs in Iran, lifting sanctions, begging them to get back in the Iran nuclear deal and then paying $6 billion in a ransom for hostages, I think set the conditions for this unprecedented terrorist attack by Hamas against Israel.”
Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump claimed that Hamas would have never attacked Israel if he were the president. He also discussed the attack at a rally in Iowa the day earlier, claiming Hamas “didn’t have that level of aggression with me.
“They didn’t have it,” Trump told his supporters. “This would have never happened with me, either.”
As of Monday, an estimated 700 Israelis have been killed, more than 2000 are wounded, and 100 are confirmed to have been taken captive by Hamas since Israel officially declared war.
Source: New York Post