President Biden left the drizzly skies of Washington behind on Wednesday and headed for St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he and Jill Biden, the first lady, intend to ring in the new year. The trip comes as Mr. Biden faces pressure to prevent the Israel-Hamas war from spiraling into a wider regional conflict. Later in the day, the administration said Mr. Biden had spoken to the emir of Qatar about the hostages being held by Hamas and the effort to get more humanitarian aid into Gaza. The tropical escape is likely to be a respite for Mr. Biden before the start of an intense 2024 presidential campaign season. The post Biden Heads for Caribbean to Ring in the New Year appeared first on New York Times.