Watch live as Biden holds press conference as he marks first year in office
President Joe Biden is currently giving his first press conference of 2022 in which he is promoting his administration’s efforts to combat the Omicron surge of Covid-19, and its achievements over its first year.
The presidential question-and-answer session comes as Mr Biden’s approval rating is sitting at just 40 per cent, on the eve of the one-year anniversary of his inauguration.
A new poll from Morning Consult/Politico showed that 56 per cent of respondents disapproved of his job performance so far, while 68 per cent also felt the US was moving in the wrong direction.
The president will also announce a plan to distribute hundreds of millions of N95 masks for free to Americans, according to Politico.
The masks will reportedly come from the federal government’s stockpile of 737 million N95 masks in the Strategic National Stockpile, which have been sourced from 12 domestic manufacturers.
Last week Mr Biden acknowledged that for some Americans getting hold of high-quality masks was “not always affordable or convenient.”
Free Covid tests are now available to order online.
Moscow, Kyiv, and Washington will all be paying close attention to Biden’s answers on Ukraine.
Oliver O’Connell19 January 2022 21:37
On Ukraine and Russia, Biden is asked if the West has lost leverage and whether sanctions would work where they failed before.
“He’s never seen sanctions like the ones I’ve promised if [Putin] moves.”
“Russia will be held accountable if it invades.”
“It is going to be a disaster for Russia,” Biden says if Putin invades with forces he amassed on the Ukrainian border.
Biden says Russians would prevail over time if they invaded, but the costs would be heavy — one sanction would be an inability to deal in US dollars.
It would be, “biting your nose off to spite your face.”
Oliver O’Connell19 January 2022 21:35
Full Romney-GOP outreach response:
“I like Mitt– Mitt Romney’s a straight guy. I was trying to make sure we got everybody on the same page in my party. I didn’t call many Republicans at all. I do think Mitt is a serious guy. I predict we get something done on Electoral [Count Act] reform on this.”
Oliver O’Connell19 January 2022 21:31
Video: Biden – ‘I didn’t over-promise’
‘I didn’t over-promise’: Biden insists his first year was not failure despite litany of issues
Oliver O’Connell19 January 2022 21:28
Biden admits that on voting right she didn’t reach out to GOP lawmakers because he was focussed on getting his party in agreement on the issue.
Oliver O’Connell19 January 2022 21:28
Biden asked if he should be more realistic. He says no and adds:
“I’m not asking for castles in the sky.” I’m asking for practical things the American people have been asking for for a long time.”
“I’m confident we can get pieces, big chunks of Build Back Better signed into law.”
This could indicate that he plans to break it up after opposition from Senator Machin who said he couldn’t support the whole package.
Oliver O’Connell19 January 2022 21:24
“I’m going to be out on the road a lot making the case around the country with my colleagues up for re-election and others making the case of what we did do and what we want to do,” Biden promises for 2022 midterms. “This is gonna be about ‘what are you for.’”
Oliver O’Connell19 January 2022 21:23
President Biden: “I did not anticipate that there’d be such a stalwart effort to make sure that the most important thing was that President Biden didn’t get anything done. Think about this. What are Republicans for? What are they for?”
Oliver O’Connell19 January 2022 21:21
Video: Not going back to school closures
President Joe Biden vows he’s ‘not going back’ on school closures
Oliver O’Connell19 January 2022 21:20
One area where Biden concedes falling short in one area:
I haven’t been able to get “my Republican friends to get in the game.”
Describing them as obstructive to his agenda, he says: “Name me one thing they’re for?”
Oliver O’Connell19 January 2022 21:19