DEARBORN, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – A group of senior advisers for President Joe Biden are set to meet with leaders in Michigan’s Arab-American and Muslim community on Thursday as tensions rise
A source indicated through an unnamed White House official that a group, including Samantha Power, the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, and Office of Intergovernmental Affairs Director Tom Perez, would be meeting with leaders including some from Dearborn’s large Arab American community, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Members of the Dearborn Community and others have voiced their opposition to President Biden. They’ve argued that he is not doing enough regarding the conflict between Hamas and Israel, on behalf of the Palestinian people.
Biden’s last visit in Michigan did not include a planned meeting.
When the President’s national campaign chair visited Michigan last week ahead of the Presidential Primary elections, Arab American Leaders refused to meet with campaign officials.
Dearborn Mayor, Abdullah Hammoud, expressed why he and others declined meeting with President Biden’s campaign manager during his visit.
“This is not the time to talk about elections,” he said. “This is the time to ask and demand for an immediate ceasefire.”
Decreasing support for Biden’s presidential candidacy in Michigan.
Michigan Arab leaders are encouraging Democrat voters to select “uncommitted” in the states approaching the presidential primary election because of the President’s stance on Israel.
“Michigan voters are sending Biden a clear message in the February 27 Democratic primary that he can count us out. We are filling out the UNCOMMITTED bubble because we strongly reject Biden’s funding war and genocide in Gaza. Biden must earn our vote,” according to the Listen to Michigan website.
So far, there are 30 elected officials that have agreed to vote uncommitted including the Dearborn Mayor, Abdullah Hammoud.
There were no details available about when and where the meetings would take place.