Updates of State of the Union 2024: US will set up Gaza aid port – Says Biden

Updates of State of the Union 2024
Updates of State of the Union 2024 | Source: foxnews.com

President Biden outlined the main accomplishments of his first term in office and argued for a second term in his yearly State of the Union speech on Thursday.

In his opening statement, Biden stated, “This is no ordinary time.” He compared it to the State of the Union speech given by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in January 1941, when “freedom and democracy were under siege” and World War II was raging in Europe.

More than two years after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion, Biden said it is imperative that the United States support Ukraine in its struggle against Russia. A bipartisan bill to help Ukraine is presently sitting in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives; he also encouraged Congress to support it.

Additionally, Biden urged Congress to bring back a bipartisan agreement that would have combined border protection with overseas aid. After Trump and House Republicans publicly opposed the plan, it collapsed.

Subsequently, Biden and Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene engaged in a back-and-forth on the death of University of Georgia student Laken Riley, who was slain last month. In relation to her demise, an unauthorized immigrant from Venezuela has been taken into custody.

During his speech, Biden advocated for a number of gun measures, including as a prohibition on assault weapons and universal background checks.

He did this while Jazmin Cazares sat in his box. Jackie, her 9-year-old sister, was slain during a mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

Over 30,000 Palestinians have died as a result of Israel’s counteroffensive, which began precisely five months after the Hamas strikes on October 7. Biden urged on Israel to take further action to get supplies into Gaza while expressing sympathy for the growing number of civilian deaths. He did not, however, go so far as to advocate for an ongoing cessation of hostilities, as some voters and congressional Democrats have been doing.

In addition, Biden declared that the U.S. military will build a new, temporary port on Gaza’s Mediterranean shore to aid in the delivery of food, water, medicine, and other supplies to the region.

Senator Katie Britt painted a grim picture of the US under Biden in her response to the president’s speech. She focused on his economic and immigration policies.

Here’s what she had to say:

  • “President Biden just doesn’t get it. He’s out of touch. Under his administration, families are worse off, our communities are less safe, and our country is less secure.”
  • “President Biden’s border policies are a disgrace. This crisis is despicable. And the truth is it is almost entirely preventable.”
  • “The American people are scraping by while President Biden proudly proclaims that ‘Bidenomics’ is working. Goodness y’all, Bless his heart. We know better.”
  • “President Biden has failed. We’ve become a nation in retreat, and the enemies of freedom, they see an opportunity.”
  • “Our commander-in-chief is not in command. The free world deserves better than a dithering and diminished leader.”

Voters of both parties have voiced concerns about the president’s age. Tonight, he acknowledged those concerns with a wink and a nod, saying, “I know it may not look like it, but I’ve been around a while.”

He continued: “When you get to be my age certain things become clearer than ever. … My lifetime has taught me to embrace freedom and democracy future based on core values that have defined America: honesty, decency, dignity, equality. To respect everyone, to give everyone a fair shot, to give hate no safe harbor.”