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President Biden spotted with apparent cheat sheet at first solo press conference

President Joe Biden answers questions during the first news conference of his presidency in the East Room of the White House on the 64th day of his administration COVID: Joe Biden doubles US vaccination goal at press conference
Noah Ferguson | 26 March, 2021, 13:38

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".

The US President had replied: "The BBC?"

While he mostly struck an empathetic tone, he said the United States was expelling the vast majority of migrants, including families, under a Covid-19 public health order.

Biden started the press conference by announcing that his goal of vaccinating 100 million people within 100 days of taking office had been met 42 days ahead of schedule.

Biden said at one point: "The idea that I'm going to say - which I would never do - "if an unaccompanied child ends up at the border, we're just going to let him starve to death and stay on the other side" - no previous administration did that either, except Trump".

During his February 12 interview with NPR, for example, Mayorkas said of people attempting to flee Honduras, Guatemala, or neighboring countries: "It's a very, very important cautionary note that they should not travel to the border".

But officials say that the number of unaccompanied children has risen, with the Biden administration racing to set up more shelters to house the youngsters.

Biden, who as Barack Obama's vice president was an early advocate of leaving Afghanistan, also gave his clearest indication yet that he would not meet an agreement between Trump and Taliban insurgents to pull remaining U.S. troops by May 1, saying it was hard due to "tactical reasons".

On North Korea, Biden said a recent missile test violated a United Nations resolution and said the USA is "consulting with allies and partners" and there would be a "response" Pyongyang chooses to escalate.

Biden said former Trump had eliminated funding addressing the root causes of why people are leaving their home countries.

Biden also said he would commit to allowing journalists full access to facilities on the border housing children.

The proposal is said to be larger than the $1.9 trillion covid relief package that the Congress passed earlier this month. They didn't want to leave but they had no choice.

The number of migrants caught at the border has climbed sharply in recent weeks, thrusting Biden into an emerging humanitarian and political crisis a little more than two months after he took office. Seeing as how the New York Postspotted Biden's reference sheet containing not only a list of reporters and accompanying photographs, but additional "1" "2" "3" numbers circled around particular names.

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