When it comes to the coronavirus pandemic, President Joe Biden is already letting Americans down.
Despite promising for months that his administration’s top priority would be getting a handle on the spread of COVID-19, Biden admitted Friday that “there’s nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic” over the next several months, Fox News reported.
The comments came the same week that Biden issued a pair of executive orders mandating the use of masks or face coverings on federal property and while using public transportation or at ports of entry, as BuzzFeed News reported. But it looks like even he’s conceding that such orders will do little to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Biden out of ideas
Biden’s admission came during a press conference Friday, where he announced even more executive orders.
According to the Washington Examiner, Biden’s latest moves are “aimed at combating hunger and financial instability by increasing the value of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, helping get stimulus checks to those who haven’t received them yet, and establishing a $15 minimum wage and emergency paid leave for federal employees.”
“If we fail to act, there will be a wave of evictions and foreclosures in the coming months as this pandemic rages on, because there’s nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months,” the president argued Friday, trying to justify his measures, according to Fox.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 22, 2021
That was quick
As many were quick to point out, the comments from Biden came as a stark reversal from the position he took on the campaign trail, where he vowed on one occasion to “shut down the virus, not the country.”
Now, Biden has ascended to the presidency — and it turns out, he can’t deliver on that promise.
It’s a development that has earned him criticism from those on all sides of the political aisle, including former Libertarian Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan. “Haven’t we been told for months that restrictions and mandates were necessary to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months?” Amash wrote in a tweet, according to Fox.
Indeed, we’re less than a week into Biden’s presidency, and it looks like the long-standing narrative from the left that Donald Trump was at fault for the extent of the coronavirus pandemic in America has already collapsed. What will Biden flub up next?