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Kirby confronted on recent Biden claim climate change ‘the only existential threat’ as Hamas bombs Israel

A top Biden administration official was pressed Monday on the president’s recent public claim that global warming is the sole existential threat to humanity, as the Palestinian group Hamas orchestrated militant attacks and kidnappings in Israel.

On “The Story,” anchor Martha MacCallum cited continued American financial support for Ukraine following its invasion by Russia, and longtime aid for Israel before queuing up a clip of President Biden speaking during his visit to Hanoi, Vietnam last month for John Kirby, the National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications.

“The only existential threat humanity faces – even more frightening than a nuclear war – is global warming; going above 1.5 degrees in the next 10 years,” Biden said.

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“While Hamas holds Americans hostage, Joe Biden is enjoying a picnic…” Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., fumed on X, formerly Twitter.

Of the reports of nine Americans held hostage by the Palestinian group, Kirby said the administration cannot independently verify that U.S. citizens are among those kidnapped.

“We are in constant touch with Israeli officials right now to try to get a sense of the whereabouts of all the unaccounted for Americans, because who knows where they are or what condition they’re in,” he said.

“We want to make sure we get more detailed information on that.”

He also responded to criticism of the $6 billion in unfrozen assets earmarked for humanitarian purposes in Iran, as opponents said it can or will be used by the Raisi regime to fund endeavors like Hamas and other malign activity throughout the region.

Kirby said no funds have gone into Iran yet, and that Tehran will never actually see the money but can only use it for certain purposes.

“They never get to touch it or feel it or spend it. It goes to approved vendors that we approve to get in medical supplies and food and water to the Iranian people,” he said, while adding that the Biden administration won’t hesitate to re-freeze the assets if need be.

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