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White House says Biden won’t speak Monday despite American deaths in Israel

The White House announced Monday that President Biden is not expected to speak or appear in public for the rest of the day, despite the State Department confirming nine American deaths from Hamas’ attacks on Israel. 

As of 11:46 a.m. ET, the White House called a press lid, indicating that they do not expect Biden to make further statements. The move comes on Columbus Day, a federal holiday, when the White House is known to often have a reduced staff.

The White House denied that the lid was an indication that Biden is disengaged with the events in Israel.

“President Biden has been consistently engaged in supporting Israel as they defend themselves against these brutal terrorist attacks,” the White House told Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy. 


“We continue to work to confirm that number and to try to locate those who are missing,” he added. “We don’t have solid information about either the number or where they might be.” 

Fox News’ Kate Sprague, Anders Hagstrom, Yael Rotem-Kuriel and Emma Colton contributed to this report. 

Greg Norman is a reporter at Fox News Digital.


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