Liz Cheney and Trump Find Common Ground Against Biden’s Ultimatum

( – On Wednesday, May 8th, Liz Cheney an anti-Trump Republican took the same stance as Donald Trump regarding President Joe Biden’s decision to halt weapons shipments to Israel. Cheney posted on X calling Biden’s decision “wrong and dangerous.” She said if America abandons Israel it would mean “victory for Iran and all its terrorist allies.”

Trump openly criticized Biden for halting the weapons shipment accusing Biden of “taking the side of these terrorists” and siding with the “Radical Mobs” on college campuses. Trump called Biden weak and corrupt and accused him of “leading the world straight into World War III.”

Cheney and Trump are responding to Biden’s announcement that he will not provide weapons to Israel if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu follows through with an invasion of Rafah. More than 1 million Palestinian civilians are sheltering in Rafah which is also the last known stronghold for Hamas in Gaza.

Israel has been fighting to retrieve hostages that were taken when Hamas attacked Israel on October 7th. Netanyahu has been determined to take out Hamas once and for all. The weapons shipment that was meant for Israel included almost 3500 bombs. Biden said civilians in Gaza have been killed “as a consequence of those bombs” and that he would not supply weapons and ammunition for an attack on Rafah. Biden continued to say the U.S. would continue to support Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system and the country’s ability to respond to attacks, but would not provide weapons.

Cheney was an occasional ally of Trump when he was president, but voted to have Trump impeached over the events that led to the 2021 January 6th riot at the Capitol.

Other Republicans share Cheney’s concerns. Speaker of the House Mike Johnson and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell composed a letter to Biden suggesting pausing weapons shipments to Israel would call into question Biden’s “ironclad” commitment to Israel’s security. The letter also expressed concern that Israel’s enemies would become “emboldened” by the action.

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