Biden Almost Revealed Sensitive Information During Press Conference
President Joe Biden almost gave away sensitive information during a press conference held to discuss Hamas hostages.
CNN Senior White House Correspondent MJ Lee, while speaking on Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” said the president nearly disclosed sensitive information and had to look to Secretary of State Antony Blinken to be sure he wasn’t revealing too much.
“If I could just note one more very interesting moment that stood out to me and — helpful because I was sitting so close to the front row.” Lee said. “I was in the second row, the first row of reporters in this press conference, when President Biden was asked about the ongoing hostage negotiations, he said that he was mildly hopeful. He started to talk about a pause that Israel may have agreed to. And then he looked over at Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who was sitting right in front of him and made some remark about how perhaps he shouldn’t get too much into the detail[s]. And Secretary Blinken [shook] his head no, definitely do not get into too much of the details. I thought it was a really interesting moment that captured just how sensitive these negotiations have been.”
Biden’s mistakes and gaffes have become very famous, with the president making a similar mistake when he shared sensitive information on the Chinese spy balloon to his donors. According to The New York Times, Biden —during a fundraising event in California— told around 130 people that the U.S. intelligence agencies had learned about the spy balloon before Chinese President Xi Jinping knew of its existence.
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“The reason why Xi Jinping got very upset in terms of when I shot that balloon down with two boxcars full of spy equipment in it is he didn’t know it was there,” Biden said. “No, I’m serious. That’s what’s a great embarrassment for dictators, when they didn’t know what happened.”
The Times reported that Biden’s decision to reveal such sensitive information left U.S. officials present at the event stunned.