In addition to his trip to Israel, which he first rejected, President Joe Biden was set to meet with several high-profile Arab leaders in Jordan.
The meeting was meant to focus on the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, where millions are under Hamas threat of being killed if they follow Israel's evacuation suggestions.
It was to take place in Jordan, but according to JustTheNews, the country called off the meet at the last minute.
The outlet noted:
Slated to participate were Biden, Jordanian King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sissi. A Palestinian official stated earlier on Tuesday that Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas canceled his planned participation to protest an alleged Israeli strike on a Gazan hospital.
The call to cancel might have been premature, as it would turn out, the strike on the hospital was not an action taken by Israel, but rather more likely a misfired missile by terrorists.
The decision to cancel the meeting also came shortly after a riot broke out at the Israeli embassy in Amman, Jordan.
Thousands of Pro-Palestinian protesters attempt to storm the Israeli Embassy in Amman, Jordan.
Riot police push them back, as fires and fights break out. pic.twitter.com/ZD0GH7LKDc
— Oli London (@OliLondonTV) October 18, 2023
It remains unclear if the riot also contributed to the country's decision to cancel the meeting.
CBS News reported that the decision to cancel the high-stakes meeting was "mutual."
The White House confirmed the cancellation as the president departed Washington, D.C., for Israel, less than 24 hours after the trip was announced.
The White House released a statement regarding the sudden cancellation.
"After consulting with King Abdullah II of Jordan and in light of the days of mourning announced by President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, President Biden will postpone his travel to Jordan and the planned meeting with these two leaders and President Sisi of Egypt," a White House statement read.
It added, "The president sent his deepest condolences for the innocent lives lost in the hospital explosion in Gaza, and wished a speedy recovery to the wounded. He looks forward to consulting in person with these leaders soon, and agreed to remain regularly and directly engaged with each of them over the coming days."
Many criticized the president's Israel visit given that he seemed extra tired and confused while giving a speech.
Biden is collapsing in this Israel meeting. He can’t even stay awake
This is hard to watch
Its no wonder everyone is taking advantage of him pic.twitter.com/Jco3siuO57
— Jack Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) October 18, 2023
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