Biden Is ‘Petrified of His Personal Shadow,’ Nikki Haley Says After Jordan Assault

Republican presidential hopeful Nikki Haley stated on CNBC’s Squawk Field on Monday morning that President Joe Biden is “fearful of his personal shadow” amid the demise of three United States army personnel because of a drone strike in Jordan.

“Navy households need to know their family members are protected. Biden did not defend them and there have been 160 strikes, there should not have been one, there should not have been two. We misplaced three heroes as a result of Biden was fearful of his personal shadow,” Haley stated.

Newsweek has reached out to Haley through electronic mail for remark.

Republican presidential hopeful and former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley speaks at a rally on Sunday in Conway, South Carolina. Haley stated on CNBC’s Squawk Field on Monday morning that President Joe Biden is “scared…

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Along with the three U.S. army personnel that have been killed, dozens extra have been injured within the drone strike in Jordan, a detailed Center Japanese ally to the U.S., on Saturday.

The deaths mark the primary U.S. troops killed within the Center East for the reason that begin of the Israel-Hamas warfare in October 2023.

On Sunday, Biden introduced the assault in opposition to the U.S. troops stationed close to the Syrian border in northeastern Jordan and blamed Iran-backed militant teams for the strike. Officers stated the assault had been launched from Syria.

“Whereas we’re nonetheless gathering the details of this assault, we all know it was carried out by radical Iran-backed militant teams working in Syria and Iraq,” the president stated in a press release launched by the White Home. “We are going to stick with it their dedication to battle terrorism. And have little doubt—we are going to maintain all these accountable to account at a time and in a fashion of our selecting.”

Iranian overseas ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani stated U.S. accusations of Iran’s involvement have been “baseless” and that it was “not concerned within the decision-making of Resistance teams,” referring to allied teams referred to as the “Axis of Resistance.”

Newsweek has reached out to the White Home through electronic mail for remark.

On October 7, 2023, Hamas led the deadliest Palestinian militant assault on Israel in historical past. Israel subsequently launched its heaviest-ever airstrikes on Gaza, residence to greater than 2 million Palestinians. Israeli officers have stated that about 1,200 individuals in Israel have been killed and a few 250 hostages have been taken in Hamas’ assault, in keeping with the Related Press. In the meantime, greater than 26,000 Palestinians have been killed, officers from the well being ministry in Gaza stated.

What We Know

When reached by Newsweek for touch upon Sunday afternoon, the Division of Protection (DOD) confirmed the deaths and accidents and stated through electronic mail, “As a matter of respect for the households and in accordance with DoD coverage, the identities of the servicemembers might be withheld till 24 hours after their subsequent of kin have been notified.”

It is unclear why air defenses didn’t intercept the drone.

Earlier this month, Biden ordered a number of airstrikes in opposition to Houthi rebels in Yemen to cease the assaults on transport vessels passing by way of the Purple Sea. The Houthis are an Iran-backed Shia political and army group who’ve declared their assist for Hamas. The militant group carried out a collection of strikes on transport vessels in an effort to assault ships coming out and in of Israel.


Saturday’s assault follows elevated considerations over Israel’s continued warfare in Gaza in opposition to Iran-backed Hamas militants, together with the assaults in Yemen on transport vessels passing by way of the Purple Sea.

Michael Butler, affiliate professor of political science at Clark College in Massachusetts, beforehand informed Newsweek: “The assault on Tower 22 is undoubtedly a sport changer for the Biden Administration’s coverage of deterrence. Whereas the U.S. has been attempting to string the needle between degrading the capability of Iranian proxies with out straight partaking Iran itself, it’s arduous to examine that coverage remaining viable now. I might count on a severe escalation is across the nook.”

Daniel R. DePetris, a fellow at Protection Priorities, wrote in a Thursday opinion column for Newsweek that he believes the conflicts in Gaza and Yemen are associated.

“But within the grand scheme, it is irrelevant whether or not Washington and London settle for the premise or not. Opinions do not matter. The one factor that basically issues is actuality. And the fact is that the Houthis have had a longstanding place since October that the assaults within the Purple Sea will proceed so long as the warfare in Gaza persists,” he wrote.

What’s Subsequent?

Biden stated Sunday that the U.S. “shall reply,” though it is unclear what actions might be taken.

In the meantime in Monday’s CNBC interview, Haley urged that she would have gone after the assets, together with the manufacturing of missiles, in an effort to defend U.S. troops, a step she believes Biden ought to have accomplished.

“What they need to be doing goes after each ounce of manufacturing of these missiles, wherever these missiles are, you’re taking that out. It means hanging the assets which are permitting them to harm our troops, that is what you might be doing. You go after the leaders making the choices,” she stated.

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