Israel War: John Kir­by blasts reporter over crit­i­cism of US response to Gaza death fig­ures

Israel War: John Kirby blasts reporter over criticism of US response to Gaza death figures

Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Coun­cil spokesman John Kir­by blast­ed a reporter for ask­ing a ques­tion crit­i­cal of Pres­i­dent Joe Biden’s response to the war in Gaza.
Ref­er­enc­ing remarks where Biden said he had “no con­fi­dence” in the Pales­tin­ian civil­ian casu­al­ty fig­ures giv­en by the Pales­tin­ian Health Min­istry that is over­seen by Hamas, a reporter asked whether the pres­i­dent would apol­o­gize for the remarks and whether Kir­by thinks they are “insen­si­tive” or “harsh.”
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Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Coun­cil spokesman John Kir­by speaks dur­ing the dai­ly brief­ing at the White House in Wash­ing­ton, Thurs­day, Oct. 26, 2023. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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“What’s harsh — what’s harsh is the way Hamas is using peo­ple as human shields,” Kir­by respond­ed.
“What’s harsh is tak­ing a cou­ple of hun­dred hostages and leav­ing fam­i­lies anx­ious, wait­ing, and wor­ry­ing to fig­ure out where their loved ones are. What’s harsh is drop­ping in on a music fes­ti­val and slaugh­ter­ing a bunch of young peo­ple just try­ing to enjoy an after­noon.”
“I could go on and on. …