House Speaker Nancy Pelosi greeted President Joe Biden as he has tested positive for COVID-19, underscoring the extent to which the virus has infiltrated American society.
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Pelosi said she hopes Biden’s positive test for the virus will lead to more Americans being vaccinated and promoted because “none of us are immune to it, including the President of the United States, and we need to be really careful.” Have to stay.”
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The White House said Thursday that 79-year-old Biden is experiencing “very mild symptoms,” including a stuffy nose, fatigue and cough.
He has started taking Paxlovid, an antiviral drug designed to reduce the severity of the disease.
Speaker Pelosi said during a press conference on Thursday that she understands that Biden’s symptoms are “mild, and hope they remain so – that was my experience, and I hope it will be the same for the president.” “
Pelosi declined to discuss his possible visit to Taiwan, but said it was important to show US support for Taiwan.
“I never discuss my travel plans. It’s a matter of security… and that’s why I won’t discuss it right now,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi said she understood what Biden was saying that “maybe the military feared that our plane would be shot down or something like that by the Chinese.” But she said, “I haven’t heard it from the president.”
Biden said on Wednesday that US military officials believe it is “not a good idea” to visit Taiwan at this time.
Pelosi talked about the steps America can take in this area.
“It is important for us to show support for Taiwan,” Pelosi said.
But he added that when it comes to the question of Taiwan’s independence, “it is for Taiwan to decide.”
The Chinese foreign ministry has said it will take “firm and strong measures” if Pelosi goes ahead with plans to travel to Taiwan in the coming weeks.
Pelosi was asked about a package of bills that Democrats hope to approve before Congress begins recess in August.
Democrats have pushed legislation through the House that would inscribe the right to use contraceptives into law.
It’s Democrats’ response to the latest campaign-season concerns that a conservative Supreme Court that eroded federal abortion rights could go ahead.
The House route sends the measure to the Senate, where the bill’s fate seems tough.
The push shows how Democrats are latching onto their version of the culture war battle to appeal to female, progressive and minority voters.
Democrats are casting the court and Republicans as extremists with the intention of eliminating the rights they have been given for years.