US President Joe Biden called Benjamin Netanyahu a “bad guy” amid concerns that the Israeli prime minister wants to draw the US into a larger Middle East conflict, Politico reported on Sunday.
Columnist Jonathan Martin attributed the president’s latest four-letter outburst to people who have spoken to the president.
Biden was previously said to have called former president and possible 2024 opponent, Donald Trump, an “embittered man.” The White House declined to comment on the alleged profanity, but Biden’s former press secretary, Jen Psaki, said she believed the president used profane language to describe Trump.
Fellow MSNBC host Joe Scarborough even encouraged the commander-in-chief to vent his personal anger at his rival in public.
But Biden spokesman Andrew Bates strongly denied the president’s alleged comments about Netanyahu.
“The president hasn’t said that, and won’t say that,” Bates said, according to Politico. The two leaders have a “decades-long relationship of mutual respect in public and private.”
In a column about how Biden’s support for Israel in the Gaza war is hurting young voters, Martin reported that the president is “deeply suspicious” of Netanyahu and worries that the Israeli leader wants to persuade the US to get involved in a bigger Middle East war that would drag in more Americans. weapons onto the battlefield – and even American troops.
Biden’s support for Israel’s prolonged counteroffensive after Hamas militants’ Oct. 7 attack on the country also dented his support among Arab and Muslim Americans.
In late January, Arab and Muslim leaders and voters in Michigan canceled meetings with the president.Joe Biden and Benjamin Netanyahu meet in Tel Aviv, Israel on October 18, 2023.