The State of the Union speech: Biden attacks Trump and Russia… took about Gaza and a slip tongue as usual

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The upcoming presidential elections dominated US President Joe Biden’s annual State of the Union address on Friday morning, in which he touched on several issues, most notably the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip, the Russian-Ukrainian war, and internal issues related to immigrants and the American economy.

Biden, who was speaking before a joint session of the House of Representatives and the Senate, opened his speech with a direct criticism of former President Donald Trump, who is close to obtaining the Republican Party nomination for the presidential elections and is likely to be his rival.

The US President accused his predecessor, Trump, of submitting to Russia, failing to deal with the Corona pandemic during his rule, and covering up the attack on the US Congress building on January 6, 2021.

He also criticized Trump’s comments in which he called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to invade other NATO countries if they didn’t spend more money to improve their defense capabilities.

Biden compared his positions with Trump’s positions on many internal US issues, including democracy, the right to abortion, and the economy, and accused Trump and the Republicans of trying to change the narrative regarding the riots that targeted the Congress building in protest against the results of the 2020 presidential elections, in which Biden won over Trump.

The US President criticized Trump’s policies and his anti-immigrant rhetoric and said, “I won’t demonize immigrants”.

Biden also criticized Trump’s accusation that immigrants are poisoning the atmosphere in the United States, and the US President called on Congress to reform immigration laws.

Biden sent a message to the Russian President stressing that the United States would not abandon its ally, Ukraine, and said, “Putin invaded Ukraine and is sowing chaos throughout Europe and beyond”.

He continued, “If there is someone in this hall who believes that Putin will stop at Ukraine, I assure you that he won’t”.

The US President said, “My message to President Putin, whom I have known for a long time, is that we won’t back down,” and added, “I’ll not bow down, and history is recorded”.

In his annual speech, which is followed by millions of Americans, Biden urged Congress to approve aid to Ukraine in order to confront Putin’s ambitions, and accused Trump of submitting to the Russian president.

During his speech, Biden spoke about the ongoing Israeli war on Gaza, especially the humanitarian situation, and said that he was working to reach a truce in Gaza that would last 6 weeks.

Biden described what is happening in Gaza as tragic, and said that more than 30,000 Palestinians, most of whom aren’t from Hamas movement, and thousands of them are innocent women and children, were killed in Gaza during the war, stressing that the number of deaths in the current war on the Gaza Strip exceeds the number of all those killed during all wars.

Biden sent a sharp message to Israeli leaders, asking them not to obstruct humanitarian aid to the Palestinians for political purposes.

He pointed out that the United States is leading international efforts aimed at delivering more humanitarian aid to the Strip.

Biden announced that he would direct the US military to lead an emergency mission to establish a temporary naval pier in the Mediterranean Sea on the coast of Gaza capable of receiving large ships carrying food, medicine, water, and temporary shelters.

He stressed that there would be no American forces on the ground, and said that this sea pier would allow a huge increase in humanitarian aid arriving in Gaza.

Naturally, no statement or speech by Biden can pass without a slip of the tongue, and this time the slip of the tongue was linked to Russia.

During his State of the Union speech, Biden stated that drug prices in Russia were better than in the United States.

“I’m going to get in trouble for saying this, but none of you want to get on Air Force One and fly to Toronto and Berlin and Moscow — I mean, excuse me — well, even Moscow, probably,” Biden joked.

“Bring your prescription with you and I promise I’ll get it for 40% of the cost you’re paying now, same company, same drug, same place,” he added, joking about the apparent error.

Biden was talking about his administration’s efforts to reduce drug costs, as the United States has some of the most expensive drug prices in the world.

While Biden called for allocating aid to Kiev, he mentioned Russian President Vladimir Putin six times and Russia twice.

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