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Biden says pandemic's 'trajectory' can't be changed in coming several months

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 1/23/2021 Haley Victory Smith
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President Biden said that there is little that can be done to affect the course of the coronavirus pandemic in the coming days.

Biden made the comments while signing two executive orders that were 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.

The president argued that these benefits would be necessary considering that the toll of the coronavirus could continue for some time.

"There is nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months," he said.

Biden was criticized on social media for the comment.

"'There’s nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months' is the opposite of Biden said his entire campaign," said National Review writer David Harsanyi.

Conservative commentator Stephen Miller wrote, "This is a sudden and pretty extraordinary quote from the guy who is pretty much only in office for promising to do exactly that."

Former Michigan Rep. Justin Amash said that people have been "told for months that restrictions and mandates were necessary to change the trajectory of the pandemic."

Tags: News, Joe Biden, Biden Administration, Coronavirus, executive order, SNAP

Original Author: Haley Victory Smith

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