Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin tore into ex-President Donald Trump for attacking President Joe Biden amid the shocking terrorism in Israel.
News broke Saturday morning of a massive barrage of rocket fire from Gaza and attacks by Hamas gunmen on border communities in the south of the country in what’s being described as a highly coordinated and unprecedented attack that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says has plunged his country into a state of war.
Trump weighed in Saturday morning with a statement blaming Biden for the attacks:
These Hamas attacks are a disgrace and Israel has every right to defend itself with overwhelming force. Sadly, American taxpayer dollars helped fund these attacks, which many reports are saying came from the Biden Administration. We brought so much peace to the Middle East through the Abraham Accords, only to see Biden whittle it away at a far more rapid pace than anyone thought possible. Here we go again.
On Saturday’s edition of Fox News Channel’s Cavuto Live, host Neil Cavuto asked Griffin what she thought, and Griffin threw cold water on Trump’s attack, and was in the process of calling out his misguided “focus” when Cavuto cut in for an update from Trey Yingst:
NEIL CAVUTO: Last thing I’ll leave you with is a comment from former President Trump. He just put out a statement.” These Hamas attacks are a disgrace and Israel has every right to defend itself with overwhelming force. Sadly, American taxpayer dollars help fund these attacks, which many reports are saying came from the Biden administration, which brought so much peace to the Middle East through the Abraham Accords, only to see Biden whittle it away at a far more rapid base than anyone thought possible. Here we go again.”
I’ve been reading a number of others who have been talking to the $6 billion in frozen funds that were unfrozen, you know, in order to sort of get the hostages out and get better relations, maybe return to an accord. But this is coming up again and again, and Iran has played a role here. And maybe some of this money was playing a role here. What are you hearing?
JENNIFER GRIFFIN: Well, I think, first of all, Neil, I think you have to push back on some of the statements that that statement from former President Trump. It is an exaggeration to suggest that there is any evidence that any of the money that was released as part of that hostage deal– that a lot of that money was tied up in, you know, in goods.
What I would say is that Iran has been funding Hamas across four presidents. And so you it goes back through the entire when I was based there, again, back in from 1999 to 2007 Iran was funding Hamas.
That has not slowed or changed over the years and it’s not one administration or the next who has who has been able to to stem the flow of that money to Hamas.
What is different is the fact that usually Israel has enough intelligence and accurate predictions and they carry out a lot of strikes in the Gaza Strip to to destroy factories where these rockets are being made. But I think right now, the focus should be on supporting…
NEIL CAVUTO: All right, Jennifer, thank you. We had some breaking news with Trey.