WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden has said that while his predecessor’s impeachment proceedings are pending in the Senate, he will focus on alleviating the suffering caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
When journalists asked Biden on Tuesday if he was following the proceedings in the Senate, he replied: “I am not.”
“We have already lost more than 450 thousand people and could lose much more if we do not act decisively and quickly,” Biden explained. – Many children go to bed hungry. Many families cannot provide themselves with food. They have problems. Here’s my job. The Senate has a job to do, and they will start soon, and I’m sure they’ll do it well. ”
The president added that he would no longer comment on the impeachment of former President Donald Trump, whom he defeated in November.
“The president is not a political observer. He is not going to voice his opinion on the arguments of the parties, and he is not following them, ”said Jen Psaki, spokeswoman for the White House earlier in the day, answering a journalist’s question about the historical trial that began on Tuesday.
“He will wait until the Senate decides on a decision,” she said at a daily press briefing at the White House. “He believes that now he should focus on meeting the needs of the American people, getting people back to work, fighting the pandemic.”
The White House wants to represent the president as the head of state who deals with these issues while the impeachment process is underway.
The White House arranged for Biden to visit the Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health this week. The president will travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Tuesday next week for a televised public meeting.
During the February 16 meeting, the president will answer questions about his administration’s work “to contain the coronavirus pandemic and restart the economy,” CNN, which will broadcast live, said. The TV company explained that participation in the meeting is possible only by invitation, and the audience will have to maintain social distance.
Administration officials said there was no political benefit to Biden, the former Senator and Vice President, interfering with the impeachment process.
Such intervention would be seen as a political move early in his presidency, when Americans expect him to focus on tackling the pandemic, they said.
“Biden made many statements in which he made it clear that what the former president did, his words and actions, and of course the events of January 6, were a threat to our democracy,” Psaki said on Tuesday.