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Biden says he’s ‘tired’ of talking about Trump

Joe Biden says he is “done” talking about Donald Trump. The president told a CNN town hall event: “For four years all that has been in the news is Trump. The next four years I want to make sure that all the news is about the American people.”

Mr Biden also echoed former presidents when he described the White House as a “gilded cage” and said he was “self-conscious” about how attentively he is catered to there.

Other topics the new president was asked about include the idea of “defunding the police” and China’s human rights record, on which he said Beijing would face “repercussions”.


Biden calls for faster vaccination of teachers

Joe Biden calls for faster vaccination of teachers

Jon Sharman17 February 2021 09:15


Biden offers to help mother get vaccine for her sick son

Biden offers to help mother get vaccine for her sick son at Wisconsin CNN town hall.mp4

Jon Sharman17 February 2021 09:03


Biden optimistic about progress on Covid-19 by Christmas

Joe Biden hopes to be able to ease off on Covid-19 restrictions on public life by the end of the year, he told a CNN town hall event.

Vaccines will help push the US toward herd immunity, he suggested.

He said: “If that works that way, as my mother would say, with the grace of God and the good will of the neighbors, that by next Christmas I think we’ll be in a very different circumstance, God willing, than we are today.

“A year from now, I think that there’ll be significantly fewer people having to be socially distanced, have to wear masks, et cetera,” he continued. “But we don’t know. So I don’t want to overpromise anything here. I told you when I ran and when I got elected, I will always level with you.”

Jon Sharman17 February 2021 08:44


Biden calls White House ‘a gilded cage’ and says being president is making him feel self-conscious

Joe Biden reflected on the trappings of the White House, including the staff who waited on him, describing his new residence as a “gilded cage” in which he sometimes felt self-conscious.

“I get up in the morning, look at Jill and say, ‘where are we?’” he joked, adding that even though he has been president for only four weeks, things are moving so fast that it feels like four years.

Speaking at a CNN townhall on Tuesday night, Mr Biden also said that all his living predecessors called him at the White House, with the notable exception of one – former president Donald Trump. “By the way, all of them, with one exception, have picked up the phone and called me, as well,” he said.

Jon Sharman17 February 2021 08:31


Biden vows to end jail time for drug offences but says he will not defund police

Joe Biden vowed to end jail time for drug offences but told a TV town hall he will not defund police.

The president spoke out on the state of policing and prison sentencing in the US when asked about how to not “over legislate” police officers in high crime neighbourhoods, while training them to “police with compassion.”

“By number one, not defunding the police,” said Mr Biden at the CNN event in Wisconsin.

Jon Sharman17 February 2021 08:09


Biden calls for faster vaccination of teachers as he admits no timeline for school reopening

Joe Biden got a hearty round of applause during a socially distant CNN town hall event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Tuesday night when he said America needs to be vaccinating its teachers a lot sooner.

“There’s a lot of things we can do,” Mr Biden said in a response to a question from a father of four in the audience about when schools would re-open. “I think that we should be vaccinating teachers. We should move them up in the hierarchy as well,” he added, to the approval of the audience.

Jon Sharman17 February 2021 07:50


Biden ‘tired’ of talking about Trump

Joe Biden says he is “tired” of talking about Donald Trump and revealed he is the only former president not to call him.

Mr Biden told CNN’S Anderson Cooper that he had talked with all his predecessors since entering the White House, with the exception of Mr Trump.

But the president refused to go into details about the conversations, insisting they were “private.”

Jon Sharman17 February 2021 07:31


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