President Joe Biden publicly declared that the pandemic is over during a recent 60 minutes interview – but Biden and his administration are for some reason clinging to the added power that the associated state of emergency granted them.
“We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lot of work on it. But the pandemic is over,” Biden said.
Apparently after realizing what this would mean for the president’s dictator-like powers, the White House stepped in to back-pedal Biden’s declaration, and say that public emergency health powers were absolutely not being relinquished.
The administration has no intention of lifting the emergency status anytime soon.
“An administration official told CNN that the President’s comments do not mark a change in policy toward the administration’s handling of the virus, and there are no plans to lift the Public Health Emergency, which has been in place since January 2020 and is currently extended through October 13,” CNN noted.
In fact, it’s likely that these mad-with power elites in the White House will renew Biden’s beefed-up powers for the winter, using the normal seasonal jump in Flu and COVID cases as an excuse.
CNN also noted that Biden’s statement was not planned, and therefore “caught some in the administration by surprise.”
That being said, the declaration was either an off-the-cuff slip-up made by a president who has been showing signs of dementia for the entire duration of his presidency – or a carefully calculated claim made by Biden so that his media allies could run headlines saying “Biden defeats COVID.”
During that same interview, Biden made other comments regarding major policy shifts which the White House similarly walked back.
The president said the United States would send troops to defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion – suggesting an outright willingness to go to war with China. Asked about deploying troops, Biden said, “yes, if in fact there was an unprecedented attack.”
A White House official later said that the policy on Taiwan had not changed, and this is at least the fourth time that his staff have had to correct him on this specific issue. “As the President said, our policy has not changed. He reiterated our One China policy and our commitment to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” a White House statement published immediately after his remarks claimed.
Despite the efforts to reel back Biden’s words, the Chinese Foreign Ministry issued remarks during its regular press briefing stating it “deplores and firmly opposes” Biden’s remarks. Spokeswoman Mao Ning claimed that Beijing had lodged “stern representations with the U.S.” over the interview, without elaborating.