Biden is sticking to a 2024 candidacy
Firm on China, optimistic about Covid but mysterious about his intentions in 2024: President Biden multiplied the shocking statements during an interview broadcast on Sunday, less than two months before the midterm elections.
During a very rare interview he gave to CBS, the Democratic leader revealed for the first time that he had not yet decided whether he intended to run in the 2024 US presidential election.
“Is this a final decision that I’m going to represent myself? That remains to be seen,” he said, while saying it was his “intent” for now.
However, since his election in November 2020, the president has repeatedly advocated for the 2024 election and indicated that he would re-elect his current vice president, Kamala Harris, as his running mate.
Meanwhile, his predecessor, Donald Trump, is flirting with the idea of running for a new term.
The oldest President ever elected in the United States, Joe Biden, celebrates his 80th birthday on November 20th. He would be 82 at the start of a possible second term and 86 at the end, a topic that has long been taboo in his camp.
During his interview, the White House tenant wanted to answer those who doubt the nearly octogenarian’s ability to govern: “Look at me,” he said with a smile.
Fifty days before the dangerous midterm elections that could see the President lose control of the Senate and House of Representatives, Joe Biden wanted to paint a very flattering portrait of the world’s leading economy.
– Pandemic “over” –
Notably by decreeing that the pandemic was “over” in the United States.
“If you look around, no one is wearing a mask and everyone is looking pretty good,” he said.
Already after the big vaccination campaign in spring 2021, the American President had claimed that America had “taken over” COVID-19. But the contamination wave from the Omicron variant had forced the Democratic leader to restart the fight against the virus.
On the inflation front — the main target for the Republican opposition — Joe Biden wanted to be confident again.
“We will get inflation under control,” he pledged, brushing aside the disappointing CPI stats released earlier this week.
– Taiwan and Russia –
Another highlight of this interview, which aired on Sunday, was that the President of the United States threw a stone in the pond by reiterating that American troops would defend Taiwan if the island was attacked by China, a statement meant to infuriate Beijing.
When asked if “the Americans would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion,” the American leader replied, “Yes, if there were an unprecedented attack.”
However, a White House spokesman said US policy toward Taiwan “has not changed.”
Joe Biden also said he had warned his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping of the danger that investors could flee if Beijing violated sanctions imposed on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.
The 46th President of the United States has also renewed his warning to Russian President Vladimir Putin against the use of chemical or nuclear weapons in Ukraine while the Ukrainian army is leading a major counter-offensive in the country.
“It would change the course of the war in a way not seen since World War II,” he warned, promising a “substantial” response from the United States if the move were taken.
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