Opting for a unifying tone and without mentioning the “impeachment” of Donald Trump, Joe Biden tried Thursday to bring attention back to his plans to fight the economic and health crises upon his arrival at the White House, in six days.
Speaking to some journalists in his stronghold of Wilmington, without accepting questions, the President-elect of the United States promised a “new chapter” and said he was “optimistic” by unveiling a titanic stimulus package of 1.9 trillion dollars. dollars to help households and businesses hit by the pandemic.
“We will get through this together,” the Democrat promised. “But we cannot do it in a separate, divided country,” he added, a week after the deadly assault on Capitol Hill by pro-Trump protesters.
“The only way to do it is to come together as Americans,” argued the former vice president of Barack Obama.
Signaling that he did not want to ignore the malaise in the labor pools, where Donald Trump remains very popular, Joe Biden, 78, pledged “millions of jobs” for the manufacturing industry, in addition to his plans for an economy innovative and combating climate change.
Faced with the scale of the economic crisis, “we cannot afford to stand idly by,” he said.
– Trump trial –
The Democrat will be invested on January 20, in a city of Washington transformed into an entrenched camp after the violence of the Capitol which left five dead, and shook the first world power.
And it is now urgent for Joe Biden to return to the program of the first hundred days of his mandate.
By calling on Congress to adopt it quickly, he detailed his vast stimulus plan. On the menu: new direct checks of 1,400 dollars per person to families, a minimum wage doubled to 15 dollars an hour, the extension of unemployment aid or aid for states and local communities.
On Friday, he will detail the component to accelerate the mass vaccination of Americans against Covid-19, in a country which continues to break records of daily deaths from the pandemic and could cross the bar of 400,000 deaths by taking office.
Wednesday evening, at the end of the vote in Congress which earned Donald Trump the inglorious title of first American president targeted by a second “impeachment”, Joe Biden had asked the Senate to reconcile “the impeachment trial” and the advancement of “urgent affairs of the nation”.
Democratic leaders in Congress Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer hailed his stimulus package, promising to “get to work immediately” to get it passed by parliamentarians.
But this effort could telescope with the impeachment trial against Donald Trump, for “incitement to insurgency”, the timing and outcome of which remain very uncertain.
The Senate, which will pass on January 20 under Democratic control, will not meet until the previous day. The date of the trial, which he is responsible for, has not been fixed.
And the climate of partisan confrontation that could accompany the debates also threatens the promise of “reconciliation” of candidate Biden.
– Republican camp cracked –
Even if the accused will henceforth be a former president, and that the stake of removing him from power will therefore have disappeared, such a trial risks capturing all the media light.
On the one hand, because if the president is found guilty, a second vote could aim to prohibit him from being a candidate again.
On the other hand, because unlike the impeachment trial a year ago in the Ukrainian affair, when the Republicans united behind their president, this time the unity of the right is already cracked.