Joe Biden

Remarks in an Exchange With Reporters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

December 20, 2023

Colorado Supreme Court Decision Disqualifying Former President Donald J. Trump From Appearing on the Presidential Primary Ballot

Q. Mr. President, your reaction to the Colorado ruling on Trump and the ballot?

The President. I'm not going to comment on a court case. I—[inaudible]. That's up to the court. That's all I have to say about it.

Q. Is he an insurrectionist?

The President. What did you say?

Q. Is Trump an insurrectionist, sir?

The President. Well, I think certain things are self-evident. You saw it all. Now, whether the 14th Amendment applies, I'll let the court make that decision. But he certainly supported an insurrection. There's no question about it. None. Zero.

And he seems to be doubling down on—about everything. Anyway, I've got to go do this event.

Efforts To Gain Release of Hostages Held by Hamas

Q. Hey, what is—are we expecting a hostage deal anytime soon?

The President. Yes.

Q. Oh, really? Okay.

The President. Well, wait, wait—where?

Q. Over in——

Q. Venezuela.

Q. Oh, no, I was—I was talking about——

The President. You were talking about the——

Q. ——over in the Middle East.

The President. We're pushing it. We—I don't—there's no expectation at this point. But we are pushing it.

U.S. Citizens Detained in Venezuela

Q. Can you address the prisoner exchange with Venezuela, sir?

The President. Yes, I—can I do that after this event? Okay?

Q. Yes, sir.

The President. All right? All right? Looks good, and it looks like Maduro, so far, is keeping his commitment on a free election. But it ain't done yet. Got a long way to go. But it's good so far.

Israel's Military Operations in Gaza/Civilian Casualties in Gaza

Q. And your reaction to 20,000 dead in Gaza—that death toll reached—likely to be reached today?

The President. It's tragic.

Q. Thank you, sir.

NOTE: The President spoke at 11 a.m. on the tarmac at the Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport. In his remarks, he referred to President Nicolás Maduro Moros of Venezuela.

Joseph R. Biden, Remarks in an Exchange With Reporters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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