Reading State of the Union message, Biden says Russia ‘miscalculated’

US President Joe Biden delivered his first State of the Union address in the House of Representatives since taking office, accusing Russia of miscalculation in the conflict in Ukraine.

“Last year, Covid-19 forced us to keep our distance. This year, we are finally together.” US President Joe Biden said in his State of the Union address on the evening of March 1 (the morning of 2/3 Hanoi time). “Tonight, we meet as Democrats, Republicans and independents. But most importantly, as Americans. With obligations to America, to the American people, to the constitution. And an unwavering determination that freedom will always triumph.”

The US President mentioned that 6 days ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a military operation into Ukraine and called this a “miscalculation”.

“He thought he could go into Ukraine and the world would turn upside down. Instead, he hit a wall of power that he never anticipated, the Ukrainian people,” Biden said.

US President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address at the House of Representatives on the evening of March 1.  Photo: AFP.

US President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address at the House of Representatives on the evening of March 1. Photo: AFP.

Biden said that in response to Moscow’s military campaign, the US Justice Department would target Russian oligarchs. “We will work with our European allies to track down and confiscate their yachts, luxury apartments, and private planes. We act with their nefarious interests,” the US president said.

Along with Canada and the European Union (EU), Biden announced a ban on Russian aircraft entering US airspace. US officials previously believed that Americans in Russia could still leave the country by train.

“Together with our allies, we will close US airspace to all Russian flights, further isolating Russia and putting more pressure on their economy,” Biden said.

He also praised America’s ability to engage with other “freedom-loving nations” around the world. “We’re still united. We’re using the truth to counter Russia,” Biden said.

In order to reassure Americans who are worried about the conflict in Ukraine, the US President affirmed that “everything will be fine”.

“I know the news of what’s happening sounds alarming to all Americans. I want everyone to know that we’re going to be fine. Putin’s war in Ukraine will make Russia weaker, and the rest of the world is stronger,” the US president said.

He reaffirmed that the US will not deploy forces to Ukraine. “Let me be clear, our forces will not be involved in a conflict with Russian forces in Ukraine,” Biden stressed. Instead, US troops are deployed to Europe not to fight in Ukraine, “but to protect our NATO allies in the event Putin decides to continue moving westward”.

“For that purpose, we mobilized ground troops, air forces, deployed US warships to defend NATO countries, including Poland, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia,” he said.

Biden has said that the US will abide by NATO’s Article 5 principle, which says that an attack on one NATO country is an attack on all of its members. “As I have made clear, the United States and its allies will defend every inch of the territory of NATO countries with all of our collective strength,” he said, adding that the United States and its allies had provided direct support. Ukraine more than a billion dollars in military, economic and humanitarian.

In his first State of the Union address, the 46th President of the United States expressed solidarity with the Ukrainian people, calling on members of Congress present to express their support for Ukraine.

“President Zelensky said in his address to the European Parliament that ‘Light will triumph over darkness.’ The Ukrainian ambassador to the United States is also here tonight, sitting next to the First Lady,” Biden said. “Let each of us here stand together tonight and send an unmistakable signal to Ukraine and to the world.”

Ukraine’s Ambassador to the US Oksana Markarova stands next to First Lady Jill Biden, holding a Ukrainian flag.

Ukraine's Ambassador to the US Oksana Markarova (far left) stands next to First Lady Jill Biden as President Biden reads his State of the Union address on the evening of March 1.  Photo: AFP.

Ukraine’s Ambassador to the US Oksana Markarova (far left) stands next to First Lady Jill Biden as President Biden reads his State of the Union address on the evening of March 1. Photo: AFP.

Referring to domestic problems, Biden said he wanted to fight inflation by lowering the cost of production of goods, not lowering the wages of Americans.

“One way to fight inflation is to reduce wages, but make Americans poorer. I think I have a better idea to fight inflation, which is to reduce costs instead of reducing wages,” the US president said, adding that Lowering costs leads to more production. “More jobs so you can make a good living in the US. Instead of depending on foreign supply chains, make in the US.”

He officially announced that the US and its allies had agreed to release 60 million barrels of their oil reserves to reduce the impact of rising oil prices caused by Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine.

“The United States will lead that effort, freeing up 30 million barrels of reserves. And we stand ready to do more if necessary, in solidarity with our allies,” Biden said. “These steps will help reduce the price of gasoline in the country.”

According to Biden, the current US tax system is “unfair” and his administration’s policy will not raise taxes on people earning less than $400,000 a year. He also praised the record job growth under his administration.

“Our economy created more than 6.5 million new jobs last year alone, more than ever before in American history,” Biden said.

The US president had to receive boos in the room when he attacked the tax cut plan of his predecessor Donald Trump.

Overview of President Biden's State of the Union address reading in the House of Representatives.  Photo: AFP.

Overview of President Biden’s State of the Union address reading in the House of Representatives. Photo: AFP.

According to Biden, his administration plans to begin repairing more than 100,000 kilometers of highways and 1,500 bridges this year, through funding from the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, and thanked congressmen for their approval. through this law.

“Look, it will transform America and put us on a winning path in the 21st century economic competition we face with the rest of the world, especially with China. “, Biden said. “I told Chinese President Xi Jinping that betting against the Americans is never a good bet.”

He called on Congress to confirm the nominee for the Federal Reserve, which has been stalled in the Senate after Republicans boycotted the ballots, leaving five of the president’s picks in the polls. limbo.

Referring to the Covid-19 pandemic, President Biden said his administration had provided “hundreds of millions” of free tests to Americans. He announced the new “Trial for Treatment” initiative and said Americans will be able to get tested for Covid-19 at a pharmacy, receiving free antiviral drugs “on the spot” if they test positive.

“If you have Covid-19, the Pfizer pill will reduce your chance of being hospitalized by 90%,” Biden said. “My administration has ordered more drugs than any other country in the world has. Pfizer is ramping up production to give us a million tablets this month, and double next month.”

Pfizer’s antiviral pill, Paxlovid, which has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of exacerbations and hospitalizations, was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration last year.

Biden’s congressional address last year was not considered a state of the art address, just an “annual message” because it was the first year of his term. Since 1977, new US presidents have not considered their first speech to Congress as a State of the Union address.

48 hours after doctors said that wearing a mask when attending the President’s State of the Union speech or not is the right of each person to choose, members of the Republican and Democratic parties both did not wear masks, gathered loyally. groups, shake hands and take selfies together.

They also wear blue and yellow ribbons, or wear clothes and ties of these two colors to show support for Ukraine at the call of Democratic Representative Mike Quigley.

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Huyen Le (According to AFP, CNN)

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