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Rashida Tlaib confronts Biden in Michigan after accusing him of letting Netanyahu commit war crimes

President Joe Biden held an intense, nearly eight-minute long conversation with Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib on the tarmac when he arrived in Dearborn, Mich., on Tuesday.

Tlaib has been critical of Biden’s handling of the conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Middle East. On Twitter, she blasted Biden’s support of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying he ‘commits war crimes and openly violates international law.’

Biden has called for a cease fire in the region as the battle between Israel and Hamas enters day nine. 

The president is in Dearborn to visit a Ford factory and tout his infrastructure plan, which includes billions in funding for electric cars.

But his administration has been dealing with the conflict in the Middle East, which has caused over 200 deaths and a humanitarian crisis in the region.

Biden shook the hand of Tlaib, the only Palestinian member of Congress who has family in the region, and the two engaged in a long conversation – out of earshot of cameras and with staff looking on. At one point Biden put his face mask on as he prepared to get into the presidential motorcade and then continued to speak to Tlaib. 

President Joe Biden held an intense, nearly eight-minute long conversation with Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib on the tarmac when he arrived in Dearborn, Mich.; Rep. Debbie Dingell is with them

President Joe Biden shakes hands with Rep. Rashida Tlaib as he arrives in Michigan

President Joe Biden shakes hands with Rep. Rashida Tlaib as he arrives in Michigan

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, seen with Rep. Debbie Dingell, declined to say what she and President Biden spoke about in their conversation

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, seen with Rep. Debbie Dingell, declined to say what she and President Biden spoke about in their conversation

President Biden puts on his face mask as he prepares to get into the motorcade

President Biden puts on his face mask as he prepares to get into the motorcade

Rep. Rashida Tlaib has been critical of President Joe Biden's support for Israel; Rep. Debbie Dingell told reporters on the ground the three spoke of a lot of things

Rep. Rashida Tlaib has been critical of President Joe Biden’s support for Israel; Rep. Debbie Dingell told reporters on the ground the three spoke of a lot of things

Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell was also there and told reporters on the ground the group talked about ‘a lot of things.’ Tlaib, a member of a progressive group of Democratic lawmakers known as ‘The Squad,’ didn’t say anything. 

On Monday, Tlaib told MSNBC that Biden’s administration and other Democrats were ‘taking orders from Netanyahu, who is on corruption charges from stealing from his own people, the people he’s supposed to be representing.’ 

‘Enough, President Biden,’ Tlaib said. ‘You will not do this on our watch. You have to speak out against this violence in a very aggressive way that holds Netanyahu and his leadership accountable.’ 

Dingell is the widow of the late Rep. John Dingell, who was a close friend of Biden’s. She garnered a hug from the president. 

On Monday night, Biden called for a cease fire in the Middle East but the bombardment continues. 

Meanwhile, in a gaggle with reporters on Air Force One, Jen Psaki slammed Donald Trump’s handling of situation in the Middle East and called his Abraham Accords, for which Trump and Jared Kushner were nominated for a Noble Peace Prize, ‘dead on arrival.’

‘We are not following the same tactics of the prior administration,’ the White House press secretary said when asked repeatedly about the administration’s role in the conflict.

‘We felt there not a constructive action by the prior administration, aside from putting forward a peace proposal that was dead on arrival,’ Psaki said. ‘We don’t think they did anything constructive really to bring it into the long standing conflict in the Middle East.’

President Joe Biden removes his face mask for his trip to Michigan, where he'll talk infrastructure and electric cars

President Joe Biden removes his face mask for his trip to Michigan, where he’ll talk infrastructure and electric cars

As President Biden touts his infrastructure plan, his administration is dealing with day nine of the Israel-Hamas conflict

As President Biden touts his infrastructure plan, his administration is dealing with day nine of the Israel-Hamas conflict

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Donald Trump, Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani, and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan wave from the Truman Balcony at the White House after they signed Abraham Accords on Sept. 15, 2020

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Donald Trump, Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani, and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan wave from the Truman Balcony at the White House after they signed Abraham Accords on Sept. 15, 2020

A total of 212 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, including 61 children, since the conflict started last Monday. The IDF says that figure includes 120 members of Hamas and 25 members of Palestinian Islamic Jihad. 

Ten Israeli civilians, including a child, have been killed in rocket fire. 

‘The President’s objective is clear,’ Psaki said, ‘which is that he wants to see an end to the violence on the ground.’

She refused to delve into detail about what the administration is doing to help end the conflict. 

‘He’s been doing this long enough to know that the best way to end an international conflict is typically not to debate it in public,’ she said of Biden, ‘so we will continue to remain closely engaged behind the scenes.’

Meanwhile, Arab American advocates are planning three protests in Dearborn, Mich., when Biden is on the ground there, the Detroit Free Press reported. 

The city has seen several protests over the past week as Arab Americans expressed their outrage at Biden’s support of Israel over its attacks in Jerusalem and Gaza. Israelis claim they are defending themselves from attacks by Hamas. 

Dearborn is 47% Arab American, most of them Muslim, the highest percentage among cities in the U.S. 

Biden removed his face mask for his trip to Michigan to tout electrical cars. 

He  was free of a face covering when he boarded Air Force One for the flight from Joint Base Andrews to Dearborn, Michigan, where he’ll visit a Ford auto plant. He stepped off the plane only wearing his signature aviator sunglasses although he put his mask back on to get in the motorcade. 

The president is visiting the Ford Rouge plant in the city to talk about the electric vehicle future he envisions for the United States, as a way to tackle climate change and create jobs.

He’ll be at Ford’s Electric Vehicle Center, a new factory being built on the grounds of the automaker’s complex in the city. Ford is preparing to announce details of an all-electric version of its F-150 pickup truck called the Lightning.

Firefighters try to extinguish fire broke out Israeli warplanes hit paint warehouse in Rafah, Gaza

Firefighters try to extinguish fire broke out Israeli warplanes hit paint warehouse in Rafah, Gaza

Explosions light-up the night sky above buildings in Gaza City as Israeli forces shell the Palestinian enclave in the early hours of Tuesday

Explosions light-up the night sky above buildings in Gaza City as Israeli forces shell the Palestinian enclave in the early hours of Tuesday

Biden has proposed a $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan that includes $174 billion in funding for electric vehicles, charging stations, and incentives for consumer purchases.

‘The President is a longtime fan of cars,’ Psaki said. ‘His dad was a car dealer for many years.’

She added the president thinks ‘we should do everything we can from the United States government to support this industry, the backbone of many communities including Michigan and our country. The future of the industry is electric.’

He also wants to make the government’s fleet of vehicles electric. 

Psaki was asked about Biden taking a fleet of gasoline guzzling SUVs to his visit to the plant. The motorcade that runs from the airport to the factory would have at least 20 vehicles in it, including the presidential ride know as ‘The Beast.’

‘That is certainly our objective,’ Psaki said when asked if ‘The Beast’ would ever be electric but noted it would take time.  

‘I think it’s going to take some time to continue to grow the electric vehicle industry in our country. That’s why the president believes there needs to be a historic investment and certainly he’s talked about what we can do from the federal fleet as well,’ she said.


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