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RECAP: Joe Biden gives first primetime address as President of the United States

On Thursday night, Joe Biden gave his first primetime address as President. During the address Biden touted the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill just recently signed by him on Thursday.

“There is hope and light and better days ahead,” Biden said. “This country will be vaccinated soon. Our economy will be on the mend. Our kids will be back in school, and we’ll have proven once again that this country can do anything — hard things, big things, important things.” Although President Biden made campaign promises to work with Republicans in the legislature, the relief bill was passed by both chambers of congress without any Republican support. The bill’s most popular provision sends out $,1400 checks to individual taxpayers making less than $75,000 a year. President Biden also touted success with the new COVID-19 vaccines currently in distribution.

Biden faced backlash Friday from Senator Tim Scott (R-SC). Senator Scott was on Fox News this morning and criticized Biden for giving no credit to former President Trump for the vaccine. Scott referred to Trump’s operation warp speed as a “miracle” as it brought a vaccine in record time. Biden did make hopeful remarks regarding the availability of the vaccinations. Biden stated that every American will be eligible for the shot by the beginning of May. “All adult Americans will be eligible to get a vaccine no later than May 1. That is much earlier than expected,” President Biden said.

Biden also said in his address that if everyone does their part that maybe it could open the door to families being able to spend time together on The Fourth of July – another comment many conservatives have criticized. Many are up in arms saying that it is not Biden’s role to decide whether people can spend time with their families on a holiday. After holding his first primetime address, President Biden is setting up to hold his first press conference as president. Press Secretary Jen Psaki has stated that the president will hold his first press conference by the end of this month. This comes after more backlash for having the longest time period without holding a press conference in at least 100 years.

ARTICLE: DUSTIN RODGERS

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

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