President Joe Biden said Sunday the U.S. is doing “everything in its power” to find 14 Americans being held hostage by Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
In excerpts from an interview with CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” airing Sunday night, Biden called Hamas’s attack last week, which killed more than 1,400 Israelis, including at least 30 Americans, “pure barbarism.”
“I say we’re going to do everything in our power to find them,” Biden told CBS News’ Scott Pelley, about the American hostages. “Everything in our power. And I’m not going to go into the detail of that, but there’s — we’re working like hell on it.”
Biden also said the U.S. can easily handle supporting its allies in simultaneous wars in Ukraine and Gaza.
“We’re the United States of America for God’s sake, the most powerful nation in the history — not in the world, in the history of the world,” Biden said. “We can take care of both of these and still maintain our overall international defense. We have the capacity to do this and we have an obligation … to paraphrase the former secretary of state: If we don’t, who does?”