Joe Biden

Remarks in an Exchange With Reporters Upon Arrival From Boston, Massachusetts

December 05, 2023

2024 Presidential Election

Q. Mr. President, would you be running if Trump wasn't running? Would you be running for President if Trump wasn't running?

The President. I expect so. But look, he is running, and I just—I have to run.

Q. Would you drop out if Trump runs out?

The President. No, not now.

Hostages Held in Gaza, Palestinian Territories

Q. What's the latest on the American hostages in Gaza?

The President. We're pushing hard. We're talking to the Qataris. I don't know where it's going to go, but we're not giving up.

Q. Does Hamas have all eight of them, or are other groups holding them too?

The President. Well, there's others. But we—look, I'm not going to talk more about it. But we're not walking away.

U.S. Assistance to Ukraine

Q. Have you spoken to anyone on the Hill about Ukraine funding?

The President. Yes, a couple. And look, the failure to support Ukraine is just absolutely crazy. It's against U.S. interests. It's against the interests of the world. It's just wrong. And we're going to get that—we're going to get that aid. We're going to get it.

So, anyways, thank you all for waiting. Appreciate it.

NOTE: The President spoke at approximately 9:30 p.m. on the South Lawn at the White House after exiting Marine One. In his remarks, he referred to former President Donald J. Trump. The transcript was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on December 6.

Joseph R. Biden, Remarks in an Exchange With Reporters Upon Arrival From Boston, Massachusetts Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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