'Brits' forced my ancestor to flee Ireland: Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House

Should he run again, Biden said he "would fully expect" to choose Vice President Kamala Harris to be his running mate again.

US President Joe Biden rejects criticism for rolling back Trump era border policies. A reporter had asked if Biden planned to run again in 2024, noting that unlike Trump, "you haven't set up a reelection campaign yet, as your predecessor had by this time".

"I know it's ambitious, twice our original goal, but no other country in the world has even come close", he said.

The president has proposed raising the top rate on households and individuals earning more than $400,000 to 39.6% from 37%, as well as raising the corporate tax rate to 28% from 21%, to fund two major upcoming initiatives: an infrastructure plan and a people-focused domestic policy push.

The United States under Biden has dramatically scaled up the distribution of vaccines - developed during Trump's presidency - as well as economic support, bringing dividends as hospitalizations dip and new unemployment claims fall to their lowest level since the start of the pandemic.

"He doesn't have a democratic bone in his body, but he is a smart, smart guy", Biden said, adding that Xi is "one of those guys like Putin who thinks autocracy is the way of the future and democracy can not function". Addressing the increasing likelihood that he will not meet the May 1 deadline to withdraw all USA troops from Afghanistan, the current president returned to the former one.

"I'm exhausted of talking about Donald Trump", he said at the time. Mr Biden smiled in response.

He also said the U.S. is open to diplomacy on the condition of "complete denuclearization". He said that he wants to work with heads of state to address the root causes of migration.

An unaccompanied minor who crossed the US border near Roma Texas
An unaccompanied minor who crossed the US border near Roma Texas

"There is a significant increase in the number of people coming to the border in the winter months of January, February, March".

He continued: "It's not like someone is sitting somewhere in Mexico and goes, 'I've got a great idea!"

Biden called Republican-backed measures to change voting regulations he said make voting more hard "sick" and "un-American".

"Yes, my plan is to run for reelection", he said during his first formal news conference as president Thursday. They were in real trouble, they didn't want to leave, but they had no choice. He opened his remarks by saying: "On December 8th, I indicated that I hoped to get 100 million shots in people's arms in my first 100 days".

Why did Biden speak now?

President Joe Biden has been in office a little more than two months, but he said he's already planning to run for a second term in 2024.

Before we analyze that media appearance, let this be clear: The numbers of both unaccompanied children and families seeking asylum and waiting for court hearings at the southern border in spring 2021, under Biden, were lower than they were at various points during the Trump administration, according to The Associated Press.

Instead, 25 socially distanced and masked journalists sat amid the gold curtains and chandeliers of the White House East Room, putting their questions politely.

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