Biden to Offer Hopes for a Return to Normalcy in First Prime-time Speech
It comes on the "one-year COVID-19" anniversary
This evening, during his prime-time speech since taking office, President Joe Biden is planning on Thursday night to speak to a nation still reeling from the deadly coronavirus pandemic, offering a look back on the devastating year as well as previewing what he will characterize as a coming return to some sense of normalcy, according to White House officials.
Biden views the speech as a key marker to reflect on his first 50 days in office, one that comes almost exactly a year after the nation began to shut down as a result of the pandemic and at an inflection point in his own presidency, officials said. It was last March 11 that then-President Trump gave his own widely criticized Oval Office address, suspending travel from Europe while also telling Americans of the virus: "The risk is very, very low."
The president will also mark the successful passage of the administration’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, which Biden is scheduled to sign during a White House ceremony Friday.
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