President Biden provided a depressing outlook about the country’s ability to combat the coronavirus pandemic on Friday while calling on Congress to move forward with additional stimulus relief measures.
President Biden stated during a press conference that there was “nothing” his administration could do to “change the trajectory of the pandemic over the next several months,” which comes after he campaigned on ending the pandemic.
As The New York Times reported, Biden issued a series of executive orders on his first day in office and pledged to wage a “full-scale wartime effort” to combat the pandemic.
The president faced some pushback over his remarks on the pandemic’s trajectory. Critics, including former Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, pointed out that coronavirus-related restrictions imposed in several states were meant to “flatten the curve.”
“Haven’t we been told for months that restrictions and mandates were necessary to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months?” Amash wrote on Twitter.
Scott Jennings who is a commentator for CNN wrote: “His entire campaign was that he had the plan to end the pandemic.”
President Joe Biden announced that the country’s death toll was “expected to reach well over 600,000.” Biden reiterated his call for Congress on his “American Rescue Plan,” a $1.9 trillion aid package that includes $1,400 direct payments to Americans, enhanced unemployment benefits, and federal aid for state and local governments.
Sources: Washington Examiner, New York Times, The Hill, and CNBC; Photo: conservativereview.com