During his first press conference since taking office, Joe Biden announced that he would run for re-election in 2024. When asked by Nancy Cordes of CBS News, the 78-year-old president said, “My plan is to run for re-election, that’s my expectation. “
Cordes pointed out that by this point in his presidency, Donald Trump had already started a re-election campaign. Biden replied, “My predecessor had to.”
Biden went back and forth with CNN’s Kaitlan Collins over the remark. Pro Mediaite:
“You also just made some news by saying you would run for re-election,” said Collins.
“I said that’s my expectation,” interjected Biden.
“So is that a yes to running for re-election?” Said Collins.
“I don’t know where you’re from, man,” Biden replied.
When asked if Vice President Kamala Harris would stay on the ticket, Biden replied, “I would wholeheartedly assume that is the case. She does a great job. She is a great partner. She is a great partner. “
Biden is currently 78 years old and would be 82 if re-elected in 2024.
WATCH: President Biden says it is “my expectation” to run for re-election in 2024.
Will Former President Trump Be the GOP Candidate? “I have no idea,” he says. “I have no idea if there will be a Republican Party. Do you?” https://t.co/luUMCGUoj7 pic.twitter.com/r0F1AgJRDB
– PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) March 25, 2021
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Biden covered a few other topics in the press conference, including the border, the 20 year war in Afghanistan, and government transparency.
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Biden speaks limit
As expected, the crisis on the southern border was a hot topic. President Biden pushed back to the idea that immigrants come across the border because the Biden government encouraged them.
Earlier this week, ABC’s Martha Raddatz interviewed a man who said he was making the trip to the border because Joe Biden had been elected. He said he didn’t try while Donald Trump was president.
In another clip, a woman told Raddatz that she had now made the trip with her 10-year-old son because “Biden has promised that we can cross with minors”.
When asked about the press conference, Biden said the reason the influx was not because he told someone to come. “I’d like to think it’s because I’m a nice guy, but it’s not.”
He said, “The reason they come is because it is the time when they can travel with the least chance of dying on the way because of the desert heat, No. 1. No. 2, them come due to the circumstances in their country. “
Biden also claimed that his government is turning away more people than entering the country.
“If you look at the number of people who are coming, the vast majority, the vast majority of the people who come and cross the border, are sent back,” he said. “That’s exactly what happens. You can’t cross the border. “
Just this week, Biden appointed VP Kamala Harris to handle the situation at the border.
Biden says “I think I should be flattered” that migrants come to the US because they think he is a “nice guy”.
But he says nothing has changed … there are spikes every year.
The reality: DHS Sec. has said this year is on the way to seeing a two-decade high increase
– Jeremy Diamond (@ JDiamond1) March 25, 2021
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Troops stay in Afghanistan?
President Biden was also asked about the war in Afghanistan and whether or not his administration will meet the May 1 deadline for the withdrawal of thousands of troops.
He was also asked if he believed American troops would still be in Afghanistan by then next year.
Biden said: “It will be difficult to meet the May 1st deadline for tactical reasons alone. It is difficult to get these troops out.” But he added, “I can’t imagine that is the case.”
The Trump administration had agreed a deal to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by May 1.
As Barack Obama’s Vice President, Joe Biden was a strong advocate of the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and promised to end “wars forever” during his presidential campaign.
Vice President for Afghanistan: “We will leave in 2014.”
– Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 12, 2012
Biden said he was not informed of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s recent visit to Kabul to meet with Afghan commanders. He added that while the review of the situation is still ongoing, “I do not intend to stay there long”.
“It will be difficult to meet the May 1st deadline,” said President @JoeBiden of the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan
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Will the media finally be given access to border installations?
Journalists attending Thursday’s press conference were eager to see if the Biden government would lift the ban on providing journalists with access to facilities for migrants at the border.
“I will commit to transparency and as soon as I am able to do what we are doing. This is being set up and you will have full access to everything once we get this thing moving, ”he added.
Photos of overcrowded facilities and other sub-ideal living conditions for unaccompanied minors have recently been published.
Biden pushed back when ABC News’ Cecilia Vega asked if living conditions for children at the border were acceptable to him. “That’s a serious question, isn’t it? Is it acceptable to me? Come on. “He went on to say:
“So we’re going to get a thousand of these kids out quickly. That’s why I opened Fort Bliss. Because of this, from that moment on I have been working on finding extra access for children so that they can be safely accommodated – not just children, but children in particular – while we work through the rest of what’s going on. That is totally unacceptable. “
Biden also shot Donald Trump, accusing him of “starving” children.
When asked by Vega if Biden’s messages contributed to unaccompanied minors attempting to cross the border, Biden said, “The idea I’m going to say, which I would never do, is that we should have an accompanied child at the Border lands, just will let him starve and stay on the other side – neither has any government done that except Trump. I will not do it. “
Biden: “The idea that I’m going to say, which I would never do, that if an escorted child ends up at the border, we just starve them and stay on the other side – no previous government has done that either except for Trump. I will not do it. “pic.twitter.com/zhz10vP3jY
– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 25, 2021
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