(TargetLiberty.org) – Samantha Power, the Administrator for the United States Agency for International Development, together with Tom Perez, the Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, and other high-ranking officials from the White House, are set to visit Michigan this Thursday. This visit comes in response to the grievances expressed by the Arab and Muslim American communities regarding President Biden’s approach to the conflict in Gaza.
During their visit, these officials plan to engage with community leaders in Michigan to discuss various concerns that hold significance for them, with the situation in Gaza being a primary topic of discussion, as communicated to The Hill by a White House representative.
Accompanying Power and Perez will be a delegation including Jon Finer, the Principal Deputy National Security Adviser; Steve Benjamin, the Director of the Office of Public Engagement; Jamie Citron, the Principal Deputy Director of the Office of Public Engagement; Mazen Basrawi, the NSC Director for Partnerships and Global Engagement; and Dan Koh, the Deputy Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.
The specific location within Michigan for these meetings has not been disclosed. It’s noteworthy that President Biden’s recent trip to Michigan did not encompass a stop in Dearborn, a city known for its significant Arab American population, nor did it involve consultations with leaders from the Arab American community.
In Dearborn, protests were organized on the eve of President Biden’s visit, and his subsequent appearance at a union hall in Warren, Michigan, was met with protests, including signs with messages like “Abandon Biden.”
This planned meeting was initially reported by CNN, following an announcement from White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. She informed reporters last week that senior officials from the Biden administration would be visiting Michigan to directly engage with community leaders on various pertinent issues, including the ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict.
This visit occurs amidst a backdrop of nationwide protests by Arab and Muslim Americans advocating for a ceasefire in the conflict, a stance the Biden administration contends would inadvertently benefit Hamas.
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