Biden Sets New Vaccine Goal in 1st Press Conference as President

Biden Sets New Vaccine Goal in 1st Press Conference as President

When asked if he believed he would be running against former President Donald Trump, Mr. Biden said, " Oh, come on.

Biden started the press conference by announcing that his goal of vaccinating 100 million people within 100 days of taking office had been met 42 days ahead of schedule.

On Afghanistan, the president said he does not want US forces to stay in the country for a long time.

There had been speculation in 2019 that Biden would serve only one term because of his age.

During an interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos that broadcast on March 16, the president indeed said "don't come" to migrants considering the trip due to the bottleneck of people now waiting at border patrol facilities (in part because the COVID-19 pandemic) and the new administration's proposed plans to reform the asylum-seeking process.

This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. "That's my expectation", he said. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data, compiled by The Washington Post, found an annual seasonal bump of migrants at the border during cooler months. "That's my expectation", Biden, 78, told reporters when asked about his political future. "I have no idea whether there will be Republican Party, do you?"

The news conference will be in the East Room of the White House.

Biden backed away from a May 1 deadline to withdraw USA troops in Afghanistan after Trump tried but failed to pull them out before leaving office.

Having overcome a childhood stutter and famously long-winded, Biden has long enjoyed interplay with reporters and has defied aides' requests to ignore questions from the press.

"What we're doing now is attempting to rebuild the system that can accommodate what is happening today", he said, adding that he doesn't think the increase in migrants is due to his presidency.

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He said he took in several people to keep them warm, and others boarded a bus provided by Boulder police and were taken away. The shooting occurred at King Soopers grocery store in the Table Mesa area of Boulder about 28 miles northwest of Denver .

"I would fully expect that to be the case", Biden responded.

"We will leave, the question is when we leave", he said.

He said he was prepared for "some form of diplomacy" with North Korea "but it has to be conditioned upon the end result of denuclearization".

Pushing back on criticisms that he has opened the door to undocumented immigrants, Biden said his government is committed to allowing unaccompanied migrant children to enter the United States for humanitarian reasons. USA officials have said they have tried to engage with North Korea diplomatically but received no response.

On China, Mr. Biden talked about how he knew Chinese President Xi Jinping from the time they were both Vice-Presidents of their respective countries.

"What I've told him in person on several occasions is that we're not looking for confrontation, although we know there will be steep, steep competition...but we'll insist that China play by the worldwide rules, fair competition, fair practices, fair trade", he said.

Elsewhere in the briefing, Biden discussed worldwide relations, gun control, as well as the ongoing health crisis.

But while Biden had held off on holding his first news conference so he could use it to celebrate progress against the pandemic and passage of a giant COVID-19 relief package, he was quickly pressed about all sorts of other challenges that have cropped up along the way.

Biden said the increase in migration was cyclical. "It's because of what's happened every year". The U.S., he said, will help change the severe conditions in Central American countries from which the migrants flee.

Most of Biden's predecessors had held their first news conference in their first two months in office, but the Democratic incumbent has so far taken few questions.

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