The United States President Joe Biden held a rare formal press conference at the White House on Jan. 19 ahead of his one-year mark in office.
In his first press conference in 2022, Biden highlighted the progress his administration has made in its first year, but he also acknowledged the frustration many Americans are feeling as his approval ratings have dropped consistently since the summer.
“It’s been a year of challenges, but it’s also many years of enormous progress,” Biden said.
“Still, for all this progress, I know there is a lot of frustration and fatigue in this country, and we know why: COVID-19,” Biden added.
Biden admitted that the U.S. should have done more COVID-19 testing earlier, but he said “we’re doing more now.”
Biden also said that the U.S. on COVID-19 is “in a better place than we’ve been and have been thus far,” reiterating his position on keeping schools and businesses open amid the pandemic.
“We’re moving toward a time that COVID-19 won’t disrupt our daily lives or COVID-19 won’t be a crisis, but something to protect against and a threat. Look, we’re not there yet. We will get there,” Biden said.
Biden has also hit the one-year mark with COVID-19 cases surging.
Biden also said that he has no plan on scaling back on the main priorities on his agenda despite the challenges.
Democrats in Congress have struggled to get votes to pass Biden’s social spending bill and voting rights legislation.
Biden also highlighted the economic growth under his administration, with unemployment rates have dropped but inflation has reached a historic rise.
The press conference marks just the second time Biden has held a formal press conference at the White House.
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