White House rebuffs mounting Democratic pressure on Gaza ceasefire

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The White House maintained its opposition to a permanent ceasefire in Gaza Friday, despite mounting pressure to reverse course from members of President Joe Biden’s own party.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre faced a number of questions from reporters on the topic while traveling with Biden to Lewiston, Maine, the site of two deadly mass shootings the week prior.

“We’ve been very, very clear on this, and again, Secretary Blinken actually spoke to this in his opening remarks before he took questions with the press corps that’s traveling with him, which is now is not the time for a permanent ceasefire,” she stated in response to one such question. “It would benefit Hamas, give them time to regroup and plot a new attack or new attacks.

Jean-Pierre reiterated Biden’s call for a “humanitarian pause” in the fighting to allow civilians and Hamas hostages to evacuate Gaza.

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