Biden opened by saying he was increasing his vaccine goal to 200 million doses in 100 days. "If there's complete lockdown and chaos, as a effect of the filibuster, then we're going to have to go beyond what I'm talking about", he said. "I hope this is not indicative of softball questions to come!" "I believe we can do it".
"The dogs will come and go and it will not be uncommon for them to head back to DE on occasion as the president and first lady often do as well", Psaki said.
"We will leave", he said. "I've been hired to solve problems, not create division". "They're now projecting it will exceed 6% growth in GDP", he said.
Biden also vowed that China's ambition of becoming the wealthiest and most powerful country in the world is "not going to happen under my watch".
Should he run again, President Biden said he "would fully expect" to choose Vice President Kamala Harris to be his running mate again.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at yesterday's briefing that the dogs met the Bidens last weekend at Camp David in Maryland and came back to Washington on Sunday.
"We are going to hold China accountable to follow the rules", he said, citing the South China Sea and Taiwan among a range of other issues.
"We are not staying a long time", he said.
On North Korea, Biden said a recent missile test violated a United Nations resolution and said the U.S. is "consulting with allies and partners" and there would be a "response" Pyongyang chooses to escalate.
Biden said he was "prepared for some form of diplomacy" with North Korea but it "has to be conditioned upon the end result of denuclearisation".
Conrad Black is a writer and former newspaper publisher whose most recent book is Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other. He said that he wants to work with heads of state to address the root causes of migration.
"We are sending back the vast majority of the families that are coming", Biden said. "It's fantastic. There is so much we can do that's good stuff, makes people healthier and creates good jobs", he said.
"Folks, I'm going", Biden said as he walked away.
He was asked about the lack of bipartisan support for his agenda after not a single Republican vote backed his 1.9 trillion dollar COVID relief package earlier this year - from sweeping immigration reform, to infrastructure investment, greater gun control and climate change. "A question I ask: What is the public going to learn in this venue that it couldn't learn elsewhere?"
The 78-year-old president also, for the first time, said his "plan is to run for reelection, that is my expectation".
"I set a goal that's in front of me to get things done for the people I care most about, which are hardworking decent American people".
In a sharp contrast with the previous administration, the Biden White House has exerted extreme message discipline, empowering staff to speak but doing so with caution.
Minute and repetitive questions about the dire border conditions were funneled into a series of responses based on the alleged inhumanity of the previous administration and scrupulously ignored President Trump's achievement in reducing illegal southern border entries by nearly 90 percent. The formal setting allows reporters an extended back and forth on important issues. But due to the pandemic, the White House limited attendance and only 30 socially distanced chairs for journalists were spread out in the expansive room.
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