Border issue dominates Biden’s first presidential press conference

Posted by News Express | 26 March 2021 | 835 times

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U.S. President Joe Biden took questions from reporters for one hour Thursday during his first formal news conference, an encounter partly intended to refute conservative critics who had predicted the oldest man ever elected U.S. president would not be up to the task.

After brief opening remarks about his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, Biden responded to questions from 10 reporters, calling their names off a list on his lectern.

On his 65th day in office, the president found that most of the questions had to do with immigration, specifically about the government’s treatment of child migrants at the border.

On domestic issues, his remarks were generally ad-libbed, but on sensitive foreign policy matters, including those related to Afghanistan and China, he appeared to be reading from notes.

Biden made a bit of news in response to a question about the next presidential election, more than three years in the future, saying he does intend to run for reelection in 2024. He said he has “no idea,” however, if the opposition Republican Party — facing internal tumult — will still exist by then.

Replying to a question about the push by Republicans for voting restrictions, Biden said, "What I'm worried about is how un-American this whole initiative is. It is sick.”

The president lamented the long-standing filibuster rule in the U.S. Senate as an obstacle and said it is being misused by senators "in a gigantic way." (VOA)

Source: News Express

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