President Biden met privately in the White House with five prominent Muslim American leaders and apologized for his remarks questioning the accuracy of the number of people killed in Gaza during attacks by Israel, reported the Washington Post.
“I’m sorry. I’m disappointed in myself,” the President reportedly said.
The leaders met with Biden a day after he said during a news conference “I have no notion that the Palestinians are telling the truth about how many people are killed.”
The Muslim leaders characterized the remarks as “insensitive” and urged Biden to show more compassion.
The Independent reports that since Hamas attack on Gaza killed 1,200 Israelis, the number of civilians killed in retaliatory strikes by Israel now number 14,000.
Late last week, a four-day cease fire in the fighting has led to about 50 hostages being released on both sides. That cease fire has now been extended two more days.
On Sunday, Biden appeared to moderate his tone.
“For weeks, I’ve been advocating to pause the fighting for two purposes: to increase the assistance getting into the Gaza civilians who need help and to facilitate release of hostages,” Biden said according to Fox News. “We know that innocent children in Gaza are suffering greatly as well.”
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