Jill Biden said privately pushing for end to civilian casualties in Gaza war

US First Lady Jill Biden speaks as President Joe Biden looks on at the White House Easter Egg Roll, April 1, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
US First Lady Jill Biden speaks as President Joe Biden looks on at the White House Easter Egg Roll, April 1, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Among those closest to US President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden is privately one of the loudest in calling for an end to civilian casualties in Gaza, according to The New York Times.

Quoting a participant at a Ramadan event that Biden held Tuesday, the newspaper reports another attendee said his wife wasn’t happy he was there due to the president’s backing for Israel. Biden reportedly said he understood and that his wife has been urging him to “stop it, stop it now.”

In response, White House officials quoted in the report say there’s no difference between the president and first lady, and that they are equally upset about civilian casualties. They also deny she was calling for Israel to end its military offensive against Hamas.

The report is titled “Jill Biden Privately Urges an End to Conflict in Gaza,” but does not definitively quote her making such a demand of her husband.

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