Biden: Strong Support for Israel Will Continue Under Trump
Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday assured American Jews that longstanding U.S. support for Israel will continue under a Donald Trump administration.
“A number of our friends in the community are anxious about what it will mean for America’s commitment to Israel,” Biden said about the election of Donald Trump as the next president during a speech at the World Jewish Congress’ annual Theodor Herzl Award in Manhattan. “I stand here to tell you that I have no doubt, none whatsoever, that in the Trump administration, there will be no diminution of support as a consequence of this transition.”
The Vice President explained that people had similar concerns when Barack Obama became President, and at the end of his tenure his administration gave Israel the largest amount of aid provided to any country in U.S. history.
Biden added that even if the new administration would be inclined to reduce military aid for Israel, “which it is not,” Congress “would never let it happen. The American people would never let it happen.”
This was Biden’s only reference to Trump’s surprising and unexpected victory in the race for president on Tuesday.