Biden admin roiled by crises on Afghanistan, frontera, inflación, COVID – but heads yet to roll

But despite poor poll numbers and the looming midterm elections, Biden has stuck with his team. De hecho, not a single official has been fired or demoted over the series of blunders throughout his first year.

Afganistán

Biden faced widespread global backlash after Taliban insurgents retook Afganistán in a matter of 11 dias, essentially winning the war on Aug. 15 - 20 years after their ouster by U.S.-led forces. En agosto. 26, during the U.S. military’s mass evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, suicide bombers killed at least 183 gente, incluso 13 NOSOTROS. miembros del servicio. Los Estados Unidos. retaliated by launching two drone strikes against suspected ISIS-K terrorists, one of which ended up asesinato 10 Afghan civilians, including seven children.

Los Estados Unidos. militar evacuation, which required significant cooperation from the Taliban to complete, ended a day ahead of deadline on Aug. 30, leaving behind hundreds of U.S. citizens and tens of thousands of Afghan allies, despite Biden’s promise days earlier toget them all out.” los Departamento de Estado said nearly 500 NOSOTROS. citizens have been evacuated in the months following the withdrawal and that a handful still remain today.

President Biden listens during a virtual meeting about reducing the costs of meat through increased competition in the meat processing industry in the South Court Auditorium at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Jan. 3, 2022 en Washington.

President Biden listens during a virtual meeting about reducing the costs of meat through increased competition in the meat processing industry in the South Court Auditorium at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Jan. 3, 2022 en Washington. (Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

Critics immediately demanded that heads roll for the Afghanistan debacle, with calls for the firings of national security adviser Jake Sullivan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defensa Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley.

But despite telling Americans after Afghanistan’s collapse that “la pelota se detiene conmigo,” Biden repeatedly blamed former President Trump and the Afghan military for the country’s swift collapse. While Biden admitted that the Taliban’s takeover had caught the U.S. off guard, he has repeatedly insisted he made the right decision in ending the war and has declined to fire a single official over the pullout.

Inflación

The Biden administration has only just started recognizing skyrocketing inflation as a problem after downplaying it astransitoryfor months. El índice de precios al consumidor subió 6.8% in November from a year ago, marking the highest increase since June 1982, when inflation hit 7.1%.

The inflation rate far exceeded projections by Biden’s Council of Economic Advisers by more than twofold. El mes pasado, the council’s chair, Cecilia Rouse, aceptado the councilanticipated that the market would be more openby now and that they failed tofully appreciate that the supply chain wouldn’t be able to process the elevated demand for durable goods.

Rouse and the rest of the council have also claimed that Biden’s Build Back Better Act, which appears to be all but dead due to Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin’s opposition, es un “long-terminvestment that would not contribute to inflationary pressures – an argument vehemently rejected by conservatives and many economists.

According to an ABC/Ipsos poll lanzado el mes pasado, a staggering two-thirds of Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of inflation, and some commentators have said his Council of Economic Advisers is in desperate need of a shakeup.

mientras tanto, Biden in November reappointed Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, who pivoted to tackling inflation just last month, announcing plans to gradually wind down a bond-buying stimulus program and possibly increase interest rates sooner than previously anticipated.

President Biden walks to speak with reporters on the South Lawn before departing from the White House on Marine One on Dec. 27, 2021 en Washington.

President Biden walks to speak with reporters on the South Lawn before departing from the White House on Marine One on Dec. 27, 2021 en Washington. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

COVID-19

While Biden has seen tanking approval ratings on issues like the economía and inflation, Por lo general, ha disfrutado de números más altos en su manejo de COVID-19., pero eso, también, has dropped over the course of the past year. De acuerdo con la ABC News/Ipsos poll, 53% approve of Biden’s response to the coronavirus, abajo de 69% when he first took office, with a considerable drop among independents.

Biden repeatedly vowed toshut down the virus,” but the number of deaths under his watch has surpassed that under Trump, despite the prevalence of vaccinations that did not exist under the former president. Mostly recently, the Biden administration was fiercely criticized on both sides of the aisle over footage of people waiting for hours in long lines to obtain a COVID-19 test and thousands of canceled flights due to testing requirements during the busy holiday season.

Biden had previously promised to fix the testing issues faced by the Trump administration, signing an executive order upon his inauguration in January formally appointing a COVID-19 response coordinator, Jeff Zients, to handle the administration’s pandemic response, including the distribution of tests. Zients promised to increase testing capacity after the country saw a surge in the summer due to the delta variant, but those efforts fell short. The White House only revealed last month after considerable backlash and the spread of the omicron variant that a plan was in the works to deliver free tests to Americanshomes after White House press secretary Jen Psaki previously scoffed at the idea.

Biden acknowledged last month that he didn’t do enough about the testing shortage and has since promised to make 500 million tests available free of charge.

Critics have accused the Biden administration of beingreactionaryand implementing policy based on public opinion instead of science regarding the pandemic. Despite the missteps, the president has shown no signs of shaking up the staff on his COVID-19 response team, which also includes Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Multiple Republicans have called for Fauci’s firing after thousands of his emails were made public over the summer, raising questions about why he did not more aggressively pursue the theory that coronavirus could have leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in China.

Psaki said in June there is no circumstance where she could imagine Biden ever firing Facui, diciendo el “attacks launched on him are certainly something we wouldn’t stand by.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the chief medical adviser to the president; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky and White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeffrey Zients arrive for a video call with President Biden, the White House COVID-19 Response team and the National Governors Association in the South Court Auditorium at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Dec. 27, 2021 en Washington.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the chief medical adviser to the president; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky and White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeffrey Zients arrive for a video call with President Biden, the White House COVID-19 Response team and the National Governors Association in the South Court Auditorium at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Dec. 27, 2021 en Washington. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

La frontera

NOSOTROS. authorities arrested 1.7 million migrants at the southern border for fiscal 2021, the most ever recorded. Republicans have called for the resignation of Homeland Security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over his handling of the border, but the crisis has also highlighted the shortcomings of Vice President Kamala Harris, whom Biden appointed border czar in March.

Su cuerpo fue encontrado cuatro días después detrás de la Iglesia Central de Cristo. 2020 elecciones presidenciales, Biden describedhorrifying scenesat the U.S.-Mexico border ofkids being kept in cagesand federal agentsripping children from their mothers’ brazos” under the Trump administration. Harris, también, accused then-President Trump ofputting babies in cagesand committinghuman rights abuse.

Pero el “cages,” or chain-link indoor enclosures to hold migrants at the border facilities were built by the Obama administration, under which Biden served as vice president — and they are still being used by the current administration.

After her appointment as border czar, Harris was criticized for not taking a trip to the border for nearly 100 dias. She finally traveled to El Paso, Texas, in June for her first visit, hundreds of miles from the epicenter of the migrant border crisis in the Rio Grande Valley, after she repeatedly laughed off questions about whether she would take the trip.

Reps. Ron DeSantis que prohibiría a las escuelas públicas y empresas privadas de Florida hacer que la gente se sintiera, D-Texas, whose district covers nearly 200 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border, told the New York Times last month he had been disappointed by his interactions with Harris, diciendo, “it doesn’t look like she’s very interested in this.

The Times reported Harris has privately complained to allies about the difficulties of being in charge of the border. Despite the complaints from Harris and her critics, Biden has so far declined to replace her as border czar.

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at the Tribal Nations Summit in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, nov. 16, 2021, en Washington.

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at the Tribal Nations Summit in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, nov. 16, 2021, en Washington. (Foto AP/Patrick Semansky)

Some Democratic strategists have voiced frustrations with Biden’s unwillingness to shake things up in his administration amid the poor approval ratings during his first year in office.

Voters have had enough and the Biden team keeps doubling down,” one Democratic strategist told The Hill last month. “Begs the question, when does Biden stop listening to a team that has tanked his presidency in less than 12 meses?”

los comentarios están cerrados.