Biden news today: President’s voting rights bill crumbles as Supreme Court rejects Trump’s bid to hide Jan. 6 documents
Biden thinks Putin doesn’t want ‘all-out war’ but will ‘significantly’ test the West
President Joe Biden gave his first press conference of 2022 during which he promoted his administration’s accomplishments in its first year.
The nearly two-hour presidential Q&A came as Mr Biden’s approval rating was just 40% on the eve of the first anniversary of his inauguration.
A new Morning Consult/Politico poll showed 56% of those polled disapproving of his job performance so far, while 68% also felt the United States was headed in the wrong direction.
Defending his stalled agenda, Mr Biden said he didn’t feel he had over-promised and was confident big chunks of his ‘Build Back Better’ agenda could still get through Congress. .
Mr. Biden has searched the GOP, asking “what good are Republicans for” as they continue to obstruct progress on his agenda and are beholden to Donald Trump.
On Russia, Mr Biden said he did not believe Vladimir Putin wanted a full-scale war, but he believed he could intervene in Ukraine and would be forced to pay the price for any decision.
Shortly after the press conference ended, the Supreme Court announced that, in an 8-1 decision, the justices had denied former President Trump’s request to block the release of files relating to the riot in Capitol of January 6 by the National Archives.
Vice President Kamala Harris: ‘The US Senate must do everything in its power to protect the right to vote’
United States Vice President Kamala Harris posted a video on Twitter, The United States Senate must do everything in its power to protect the right to vote.
Ms Harris wrote on Twitter: ‘The US Senate must do everything in its power to protect the right to vote’
And to add in the video: “Be sure: history is watching and I know the American people are watching.”
“It is fundamental for our democracy and it is non-negotiable”
Eleanor SlyJanuary 20, 2022 07:59
Biden leans into the microphone and slowly whispers a response
In an unusual sight, President Joe Biden responded to a reporter on Wednesday by leaning into his microphone during the press conference, in what appeared to be an attempt to underscore his concern.
The reporter had asked for Mr Biden’s response to ‘parents who disagree on school closures and remote learning’
In a normal tone, the president said: “First I will relativize what you asked”, he said.
He then leaned over the microphone and whispered, “Very few schools are closing.”
“I don’t think it’s deliberate on your part, but you phrase the question in such a way that anyone watching TV will think ‘god, all these schools have to close. What are we going to do?'”
“95% are still open.”
Arpan RaiJanuary 20, 2022 06:58
Biden says he doesn’t believe in polls as his ratings drop
Joe Biden has said he doesn’t trust public opinion polls that suggest his approval ratings are on a downward trend among moderates and independents.
“I don’t believe in polls,” Biden said after being asked about his plans to woo the moderates and independents who elected him to office in 2020 but were unimpressed with his professional performance.
The latest figures from Gallup show the president’s approval rating has fallen from 61% to 33% in the year since he took office in January 2021.
Several reasons have been cited for the decline, including rising Covid-19 cases, a spike in the rate of inflation and the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan led by the US military.
The ratings have now reached a point where they match the ratings of his predecessor Donald Trump at the same point in his term.
Mr Biden has the second-lowest approval rating of any president after a year in office. Only Mr. Trump hit a lower number.
Arpan RaiJanuary 20, 2022 6:29 a.m.
Five Republicans secretly support Democratic agenda, Biden says
President Joe Biden claimed on Wednesday that five GOP members of the US Senate who told him privately that they would support parts of his program were it not for their fears of main challengers backed by former President Donald Trump.
The president said the issue was an example of how Mr Trump was “bullying an entire party”.
“I’ve had five Republican senators… tell me they’re okay with everything I ask them to do. “But Joe, if I do it, I’m going to be defeated in the primary. “We have to break that. It has to change,” he explained.
Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 20, 2022 05:43
Biden’s first press conference of 2022 was quietly devastating
In this Voices article, Holly Baxter explains what Wednesday’s press conference can tell us about Joe Biden’s relationships with the likes of Republican Mitch McConnell — and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
Arpan RaiJanuary 20, 2022 05:36
Trump claims Biden was reading his answers – he wasn’t
Mr Biden spoke for nearly two hours as he touted his successes in a “challenging year” and said his administration had made “enormous progress”.
But that wasn’t enough for his predecessor, who issued a bizarre statement criticizing Mr Biden and participating journalists.
Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 20, 2022 05:01
Biden moving too slowly on Middle East peace, Palestinian minister says
A senior Palestinian minister has criticized Joe Biden for moving too slowly in reversing harmful Trump-era policies regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and for failing to use US ties to pressure Israel to to reconsider “his rejection of a two-state solution and peace negotiations”. ”.
Foreign Minister Riad Malki told the UN Security Council that the end of the administration of Donald Trump and the administration of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave hope that they would be “enough to pave the way for a new wave of peace”.
Mr Malki accused the Biden administration of moving slowly to reverse several “illegal and misguided” policies of his predecessor. He added that Mr Biden had been slow to follow through on a US commitment to reopen the US consulate in East Jerusalem, which can restore Washington’s main diplomatic mission for Palestinians in the disputed city.
The Palestinians believed, the minister said, that after Mr. Biden entered the White House a year ago, he “could try to advance the Israeli position towards us”.
“But we saw that the Israeli position was able to shift the American position towards them a bit – and that’s really what troubles us a lot.”
Malki added that Washington still needs to pressure the current Israeli government to renounce its colonial policy and drop its rejection of the two-state solution and peace negotiations.
“This is an unacceptable position that must not be tolerated or excused and must be reversed,” he said.
Arpan RaiJanuary 20, 2022 04:18
Biden defends agenda as voting rights head for likely failure
President Joe Biden has defended his first year in office at a press conference as the Democrats’ suffrage bill is set to fail due to objections within his own party.
As Mr. Biden gave a press conference in the East Room, the Senate Democrats’ plan to enact a verbal filibuster as a way to end the impasse over passing a new version of the rights law vote was headed for failure due to objections from Sen Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
Mr. Manchin’s opposition to Mr. Biden’s Build Back Better bill effectively killed the bill in the iteration that passed the House of Representatives.
Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 20, 2022 4:15 a.m.
Biden on Senate vote on suffrage: ‘Disappointed – but not discouraged’
President Biden released a statement Thursday on the Senate vote on suffrage.
He said: “At the heart of our democracy is one basic principle: the right to vote and to have that vote count. This principle was flouted a year ago, when a violent mob attempted a coup aimed at overthrowing the will of the people. And today, state after state, Republican state legislatures are engaged in an unprecedented effort to suppress the sacred right to vote and overthrow the American foundation of free and fair elections.
“In the face of these threats, I am deeply disappointed that the US Senate has failed to defend our democracy. I’m disappointed, but I’m not discouraged.
“My administration will never stop fighting to ensure that the heart and soul of our democracy – the right to vote – is protected at all costs. We will continue to work with our allies to advance the legislation needed to protect the right to vote. And to push for procedural changes in the Senate that will protect the fundamental right to vote.
“As dangerous new Republican laws clearly designed to suppress and overturn the right to vote proliferate in states across the country, we will explore every measure and use every tool at our disposal to defend democracy. The Vice President will continue to lead this effort, as she did last year.
Arpan RaiJanuary 20, 2022 04:03
Biden ignores ‘mental fitness’ question
President Joe Biden ignored a right-wing TV reporter’s question about a recent poll showing many Americans questioning whether he’s mentally sharp enough to be president.
Speaking at his second White House press conference since taking office on Wednesday, Mr Biden was asked by Newsmax White House reporter James Rosen about a recent Politico poll that revealed that 48% of respondents disagreed with the statement: “Joe Biden is mentally fit”.
In response, Mr Biden joked that he would let the press “judge whether they are right”.
Andrew Feinberg has the story.
Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 20, 2022 03:30