Joe Biden's First Press Conference As POTUS Faces Fire Over "Cheat Sheet"

US President Joe Biden

Biden was the first president in four decades to go more than two months after inauguration without holding a formal question and answer session with reporters.

Also during the press briefing, Biden revealed he is expecting to run for re-election in 2024.

President Biden discusses his goals on helping the middle class and uniting the country during his first press conference.

During the news conference, Biden said his government was in talks with Mexico to encourage Mexican authorities to take back more migrant families, many of whom are fleeing violence and poverty in Central America. "Australia, India, Japan, the United States ... the so-called Quad".

US President Joe Biden said on Thursday he would not apologise for rolling back immigration policies of his Republican predecessor that undermined "human dignity" and brushed off criticism that migrants were making the journey to the southern border because they perceived him to be a "nice guy".

After recently reaching that goal before even hitting day 60, he's now said they've set a new target of 200 million doses within the first 100 days.

Biden said he would not leave children stranded at the border. "I don't even think about - I don't - I have no idea".

Biden faced no questions on the pandemic, a sign of the changing national narrative - and a scenario unimaginable for European leaders under pressure over infections. I have no idea if there'll be a Republican party.

He insisted that the vast majority of migrants were being rejected under health orders.

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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said last week that border crossings are on pace for the highest level in 20 years.

"The question is how and on what circumstances do we meet that agreement that was made by President Trump to leave under a deal that looks like it's not being able to be worked out to begin with?" he said. He also addressed issues regarding immigration, unaccompanied children at the United States border among others.

"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".

Biden also said his "expectation" is to run for reelection in 2024.

Had Biden chosen not to run for reelection, Harris would have been considered a frontrunner for the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination.

As a veteran politician, Biden likely was aware that any demurring on his political future would instantly dominate Washington conversation.

Biden returned to the topic of Trump and immigration two more times, including when pressed on his own rhetoric and policies, which have - intentionally or not - sent a more welcoming signal to migrants considering making the risky journey north.

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

Biden also promised to "respond accordingly" if North Korea escalates missile testing, after Pyongyang fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea, but also offered diplomacy.

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