Joe Biden’s first press conference LIVE – What time is the President speaking today and how can I watch?

JOE Biden will finally hold his first press conference as President after the longest absence in presidential history.

The 46th President will appear before reporters today at 13.15 ET (17.15 GMT) and you can watch the whole thing live here on this page and follow our live blog updates on the page below.

While Biden has periodically taken questions from reporters, he has not yet had a full press conference since taking office.

The president has been criticized by conservative and even political allies for his delay in holding a formal press conference.

By this point in their terms, Donald Trump and George H W Bush had each held five press conferences, Bill Clinton four, George W Bush three, Barack Obama two and Ronald Reagan one.

Read our Joe Biden press conference live blog below for the latest news and updates

  • Jon Rogers

    BIDEN EXPECTED TO FACE QUESTIONS OVER IMMIGRATION

    Joe Biden is expected to face tough questions over US immigration policy during his first press conference as president.

    Connected to that issue is the question over the country's southern border with Mexico.

    Biden announced on Wednesday Vice President Harris will lead the administration’s efforts to stem the flow of migrants and establish new partnerships with Mexico and the Northern Triangle countries aimed at addressing the root causes of the surge in immigration.

  • Jon Rogers

    WHITE HOUSE POURS ANOTHER $10BN INTO DRIVING UP VACCINATION RATES

    The White House announced Thursday that it is dedicating another $10 billion to try to drive up vaccination rates in low-income, minority and rural enclaves throughout the country.

    The effort, which is funded through the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package passed earlier this month, will include $6 billion in funding for community health centers to expand COVID-19 vaccinations, testing and other preventive health care for populations at higher risk for the virus.

    President Joe Biden's administration, which will start distributing the money in April to nearly 1,400 centers across the country, said health centers can also use the funding to modify and improve infrastructure and add mobile units.

    In addition, the Biden administration said it is allotting $3 billion to bolster vaccine confidence. The money, which will be parceled out to 64 jurisdictions, can be used by rural, faith-based organizations and by food assistance and housing nonprofits in high-poverty communities to conduct door-to-door outreach and education efforts to urge eligible people to schedule vaccination appointments.

  • Jon Rogers

    BIDEN BOOSTED BY STRONG ECONOMIC GROWTH

    President Joe Biden has been given a boost ahead of his first press conference with the release of data showing strong economic growth.

    The US economy grew at an annual rate of 4.3 per cent in the final three months of 2020, slightly faster than previously estimated, as recovery expectations for 2021 rise along with vaccinations as the US unleashes nearly $2 trillion in government support.

    GDP in the October-December quarter rose from an estimate last month of an 4.1 per cent rate. The upward revision reflected stronger inventory restocking by businesses.

    For the whole year, the GDP shrank by 3.5 per cent, the largest annual decline since a plunge of 11.6 per cent in 1946 when the US demobilized after World War II. The 3.5 per cent drop was unchanged from the previous report.

    Economists are looking for a huge rebound this year, helped by government support packages including a $1.9 trillion package signed by President Joe Biden on March 11 that is delivering $1,400 payments to individuals, extending emergency unemployment until early September and providing billions of dollars in relief to state and local governments.

  • John Hall

    WHERE HE'LL SPEND

    In January, Biden said his relief bill would be followed by a Build Back Better Recovery Plan, which would include investments in infrastructure, manufacturing, clean energy, skills training and other areas.

    The timing of that proposal – which Biden had initially said would come in February – slipped as administration officials focused on completing the Covid relief package.

    President Biden will likely be asked about the elements of the Build Back Better legislation in his upcoming press conference.

  • John Hall

    SPEND, SPEND, SPEND

    According to reports, Biden's $3trillion bill will tackle elements such as free community college, universal prekindergarten, a national paid leave program, clean energy deployment and 5G telecommunications.

    The legislations will also include nearly $1trillion in spending on the construction of roads, bridges, rail lines, ports, electric vehicle charging stations and improvements to the electric grid.

    “President Biden and his team are considering a range of potential options for how to invest in working families and reform our tax code so it rewards work, not wealth,” said White House Press Secretary Psaki.

    “Those conversations are ongoing, so any speculation about future economic proposals is premature and not a reflection of the White House’s thinking.”

  • John Hall

    WHAT IS BIDEN'S MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE?

    President Biden is signaling his next big push in Congress following his $1.9trillion American Rescue Plan.

    The president's next legislation will implement the transportation, infrastructure and green-energy elements of his Build Back Better bill, which comes with a reported $3trillion price tag.

  • John Hall

    WHY HAS HE TAKEN SO LONG?

    White House press secretary Jen Psaki tried to explain Biden's delayed first press conference earlier this week.

    The president is "thinking about what he wants to say, what he wants to convey, where he can provide updates and looking forward to the opportunity to engage with a free press," she said.

  • John Hall

    HOW CAN I WATCH BIDEN SPEAK?

    Biden will be speaking to reporters live from the White House.

    The press conference will likely be broadcasted on all major networks.

    Folks can also watch the presser online, as major news outlets will likely be streaming the press conference on their social media pages.

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