Democrat President Joe Biden issued a cryptic warning to Iran to “be careful” following the brutal Hamas terrorist attacks against Israel.
The comment from Biden comes despite desperate attempts from his administration to claim that the Islamic nation is not linked to the attacks by Hamas.
Biden admin officials have been painstakingly denying any links between Iran and the brutal attacks by Hamas that butchered more than 1,200 innocent people in Israel.
The president made the comments while speaking to a group of Jewish leaders at the White House.
It comes just one day after he avoided any mention of Iran in his speech responding to the attacks.
“You know, I spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu I don’t know how many times, but again this morning, and already we’re surging additional military assistance to the Israeli Defense Force, including ammunition, interceptors to replenish the Iron Dome, and we’ve moved the U.S. carrier fleet to the Eastern Mediterranean, and we’re sending more fighter jets there to that region, and made it clear — made it clear to the Iranians: Be careful,” Biden said.
National Security Counsel spokesperson John Kirby reiterated the administration’s belief earlier in the day that there was no specific evidence Iran was involved in the egregious actions taken by Hamas over the weekend.
However, he left open the possibility that assessment could change in the future as intelligence continues to be assessed.
The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that Iranian security officials approved Hamas’s plan to attack Israel during a meeting in Beirut on October 2.
Hamas and Hezbollah leaders said Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps worked with Hamas since August on air, land, and sea attack plans.
A European official who works as an adviser to the Syrian government corroborated the Hamas and Hezbollah leaders’ claims, according to the report.
The Washington Post also independently confirmed that Iran was involved, as Slay News reported.
Meanwhile, Iranian leaders have been publicly celebrating the attacks.
During a televised speech Tuesday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said, “We kiss the hands of those who planned the attack.”
Khamenei, who was wearing a Palestinian scarf and delivering his first broadcast remarks since Hamas launched attacks on Israel on Saturday, also said Tehran was not involved, according to Reuters.
Following the attack, the administration has faced increased criticism over the $6 billion of Iranian assets it recently unfroze.
Biden is facing urgent calls from Republicans and Democrats to refreeze it.
He did not specify in his comments what he would do if Iran took any action to support Hamas in the coming days and weeks – but refreezing the money could be an option.
Meanwhile, Israel has been bombing Gaza following the Hamas atrocity and Israeli troops are gathering on the border for a ground invasion.
Biden told Jewish leaders it would be “bizarre” for him to detail what the U.S. was doing to free American hostages in Gaza.
But he assured them his team was working on it around the clock.
He appeared alongside Vice President Kamala Harris’s husband Doug Emhoff, who pounded a lectern as he spoke about the tragedy.
It’s unclear why Emhoff was called to speak on the matter.
The president also defended the virtual blackout on his administration’s efforts to free American hostages, after the White House confirmed that less than a handful were among the 17 Americans believed missing.
Biden said: “The press is going to shout to me and many of you are, ‘What are you doing to get these folks home?’
“If I told you I wouldn’t be able to get them home.
“Folks, there’s a lot we’re doing – a lot we’re doing.
“I have not given up hope of bringing these folks home.
“But the idea that I’m going to stand here before you and tell you what I’m doing is bizarre.
“So I hope you understand how bizarre I think it would be to try to answer that question.”