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Joe Biden Defends His First Year in Office, Says His Job Fighting Covid Is ‘not Finished Yet’

President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on the 365th day of his presidency (Picture: AP)

Joe Biden addressed an anxiety-ridden America on the 365th day of his presidency, highlighting all that’s been accomplished in a year, while also pleading for patience following recent setbacks to his agenda.

‘For all this progress, I know there’s a lot of frustration and fatigue in the country,’ Biden said from the East Room of the White House on Wednesday. ‘And we know why: Covid-19. Omicron has been challenging us in a way that, it’s the new enemy.’

Biden praised the 75% of adults that are fully vaccinated, and encouraged Americans to get vaccinated, or boosted, if they have not already.

No matter how Omicron tests the country, the US won’t have any additional lockdowns, he said. Schools will also stay open, according to Biden, who said 95% of all schools are still open despite surging cases. He also urged schools to use their funding to ensure the safety of students and staff.

‘Some people may call what’s happening now, “the new normal,”‘ Biden said. ‘I call it a job not yet finished. It will get better.’

Biden claimed the answer to issues the country is facing is his Build Back Better plan, which will ‘address the biggest cost working families face every day’ by cutting costs for child care, prescription jobs, elder care and energy costs. The plan would do so without raising taxes for people who make under $400,000 a year.

The president also shared the news that his Build Back Better proposal would be broken up so that we can ‘get as much as we can now and fight for the rest later.’

As America struggles through another disruptive wave of coronavirus cases, inflation is the highest its been in 40 years.

While the US has created jobs at a ‘record pace,’ the president did not offer a solution to the high inflation rate, simply saying it was something we still need to get under control.

‘It’s never been a good bet to bet against the American people,’ Biden said, a phrase he’s used throughout various speeches.

‘I believe that more than ever today. We’ve seen the grit and determination of American people this past year, but the best days of this country are still ahead of us, not behind us.’

The White House had said before his press conference, a rare occurrence for the president, that Biden would use his appearance to highlight progress made but also to ‘level’ with the public about the difficult road ahead.

This is a breaking news story, check back for updates…

Original Post: metro.co.uk

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