White House Responds to Police Presence at College Campus Protests

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University of Chicago police officers stand in between pro-Palestinians and pro-Israel protesters on the fifth day of a pro-Palestine encampment on campus, Friday, May 3, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Erin Hooley)
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(AURN News) – The White House has responded to the widespread protests at U.S. college campuses that lasted nearly two weeks in response to the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas. Pro-Palestinian demonstrations inundated several universities, notably Columbia and the University of Texas. The White House addressed the campus unrest last Friday, with Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stating that decisions over police presence rest with the institutions themselves. 

“We also believe and it is important that all Americans can peacefully protest within the law,” Jean-Pierre said. “But Americans have the right to peacefully protest within the law.  And we’re going to be very consistent here.” 

She also acknowledged the “incredibly painful” and “very charged moment” stemming from the intense Mideast conflict.

The protests reflect a continued divide among Americans in their stance toward the Israeli-Palestinian crisis. A new ABC News/Ipsos poll found 38% believe the U.S. is doing too much to support Israel, indicating a majority still backs Israel. 

When it comes to trust in political leaders for handling the conflict, 37% have more confidence in former President Trump compared to 29% for President Biden. One-third said they trusted neither.


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