President Biden tours food bank, vaccine distribution center in Texas trip

28 Février, 2021, 14:26 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • A military aid carries a suitcase with nuclear codes while accompanying US President Barack Obama to Marine One of the South

Severe winter weather across the South over Valentine's Day weekend battered multiple states, with Texas bearing the brunt of unseasonably frigid conditions that caused widespread power outages and frozen pipes that burst and flooded homes.

Mr. Biden and first lady Jill Biden met with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen.

Biden said, "What I can confirm is there's over - right now, there's thousands of immigrants - thousands of unaccompanied children coming across the border".

The president was later to visit a federal Covid-19 vaccination center to promote the government's bid to speed up a national vaccine rollout against the pandemic. That celebration followed a moment of silence to mark the passage earlier this week of 500,000 US deaths blamed on the disease. Some state officials initially blamed the blackouts on renewable energy even though Texas is a heavy user of fossil fuels like oil and gas.

The White House said Biden's goal in visiting was to support, not scold.

A federal judge previous year issued a ruling that all but lifted Proclamation 10052 by allowing temporary foreign workers to enter the United States if their employers are members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce or several other large organizations that represent much of the U.S. economy. And what we're trying to do, and we have literally hundreds of people doing it now, connect them with families in this country, get them to the families that they came to see or they are looking for, and we've already connected thousands of them that way.

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Biden has declared a major disaster in Texas and asked federal agencies to identify additional resources to aid the recovery.

A White House official said presidential disaster declarations in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Kansas have resulted in the Federal Emergency Management Agency delivering more than 2 million meals, 2 million gallons of water and 60 generators to various communities.

Biden, whose life has been marked by personal tragedy, is known for his ability to empathize with others and their suffering. His son, Beau Biden, died of brain cancer in 2015 at age 46. Members of Congress often tag along when a president visits their state.

Cruz, an ally of former President Donald Trump and one of a handful of GOP lawmakers who had objected to Congress certifying Biden's victory, was scheduled to address the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, on Friday morning, a spokesman said.

Cruz, who has been criticized for taking his family to Cancun, Mexico, while millions of Texans shivered in unheated homes, later said the trip was a mistake, but he made light of the controversy on Friday. Cornyn's plans were unclear. He returned four days later and urged people who had relocated to a shelter to "have a good time".

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