CNN will hold a town hall with President Joe Biden at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday in Cincinnati, Ohio, which will be broadcast live on CNN, CNN International and CNN Español, broadcast on CNN.com and CNNgo, and available on demand to subscribers via the cable / satellite systems, CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile applications.
At 8 p.m. ET, Biden will take the stage at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati with moderator Don Lemon for an hour-long event that is expected to address a wide range of issues, checking out how he’s been doing for the past six months. . and what’s next.
The Covid-19 cloud still hangs over the President, who has followed him since his election campaign. The evolving state of the pandemic will likely be a priority during CNN’s mayoralty.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that the highly contagious Delta variant of Covid-19 now accounts for more than 80% of samples sequenced in the United States.
The White House has encountered obstacles in figuring out how to successfully resolve vaccine reluctance among the U.S. population and has warned that the current pandemic is one of the unvaccinated, which constitutes the majority of Covid-related hospitalizations and deaths .
Now, the administration also faces the question of whether to bring back more preventive measures, whether Americans will need a Covid-19 booster vaccine, and when international travel will resume.
Biden’s infrastructure and legislative agenda
After taking advantage of the passage of the US bailout in March, Biden’s White House has since focused on infrastructure as its top legislative priority.
During the president’s trip to the battlefield state of Ohio on Wednesday, Biden will likely attempt to defend his infrastructure program – much like he’s done in other key states and the Midwest lately. month, touting his so-called “Blue Collar Blue Collar Master Plan for America.”
The White House had said it was backing Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer ahead of Wednesday’s vote. But Republicans have said the New York Democrat would not have the votes if he goes ahead.
Democrats, meanwhile, are well advanced in planning their own infrastructure proposal as part of the reconciliation process.
The White House said the only disagreement between the bipartisan group is the payment, as discussions on this are ongoing. But keep in mind that disagreements over funding government spending are the reason all other infrastructure negotiations over the past decade have collapsed.
The United States’ economic recovery from the pandemic continues, but it is not yet at pre-pandemic levels – marking a major challenge the president will likely face Wednesday night.
Expect him to make a similar argument to the one he made in a speech at the White House on Monday, when he tackled inflation issues directly and touted six months of economic growth under his administration.
Biden argued that the recent price increases are temporary. He also said this week that no serious economist is suggesting that there is runaway inflation.
But economic concerns about the Delta variant and inflation are worrisome investors.
Last Monday was the worst day for the Dow Jones since falling 943 points in late October, and it was the biggest drop this year. However, the markets have since recovered.
These hacks had real consequences for ordinary Americans. Many have observed an increase in the cost of the affected assets or discovered that their private information is compromised. And on Wednesday, the president could be asked what his administration will do to prevent these attacks from happening in the future.
In recent months, the White House Biden has urged Russia to take action to prevent criminal actors in the country from engaging in cyber attacks. But on Monday, the United States also launched a new offensive against China, joining a coalition of international allies to accuse China of using “criminal contract hackers” to carry out malicious activity around the world, including via a massive hack into Microsoft’s messaging system.
The withdrawal from Afghanistan and foreign policy
Biden announced earlier this month that the military withdrawal from Afghanistan would be completed by the end of August.
The president and his administration have continued to defend the pace of the US withdrawal from the US longest war. But the decision to leave the country has become a pressure point as Afghans face the increasingly likely risk that the Taliban will overwhelm the current government and regain control of the country.
CNN’s Lauren Fox, Betsy Klein, Anneken Tappe, Paul R. La Monica, Natasha Bertrand, Kevin Liptak, Jason Hoffman, Brian Fung, Alex Rogers and Manu Raju contributed to this report.