Joe Biden Says Egypt President Hosni Mubarak Should Not Step Down
Video: Joe Biden, Hosni Mubarak Comments- US Vice President Joe Biden Says Egypt President/Dictator Should Not Step Down
While the United States says it is concerned about the "violence" in Egypt as the unrest continues, and as protesters defy curfews in Egypt, the Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden expressed support for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Speaking to the PBS Newshour on Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden responded to the follow question from Jim Lehrer,
Has the time come for Hosni Mubarak to go, to step aside?
"No, I think the time has come for Hosni Mubarak, to move in the direction, to begin to move in the direction of being more responsive to the needs of the some the people out there, a lot of the people out there protesting are middle-class folks," Biden told Lehrer.
The vice president was hesitant to link protests in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen as part of a unified trend, saying he didn't "see any direct relationship, other than it might be argued that what is happening in one country sparks whatever concern there is another country." He called for dialogue between demonstrators and the government.
The news of Joe Biden's and the United States continued support of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will not come as good news to the protesters who see Mubarak as a dictator, ruling Egypt with a iron fist since 1981.