Biden aides have long said ending the pandemic is key to reviving his political fortunes. The new variant raises the prospect that might not happen anytime soon.
Public health officials have expressed concern about the omicron variant, but for now they are reiterating their pleas for Americans to get vaccinated rather than proposing new restrictions or shutdowns.
Anthony S. Fauci, in an interview on CNN’s “New Day,” said the new variant has “some mutations” that “are raising some concern” – including “with regard to possibly transmissibility increase and possibly evasion of immune response.”
Pollsters and other allies have pressed White House officials to do more to acknowledge inflation as a central concern for voters and tout what they are doing to combat it.
Biden’s physician described it as “a potentially precancerous lesion” and recommended that “routine surveillance” should continue.
The president has forcefully urged the world to cut down on fossil fuels. But as gas prices jump and Republicans seize on inflation, he is pushing to temporarily boost the oil supply.
Some Democrats warn the party is making a mistake by dismissing the phrase as an immature taunt rather than taking it on.
The foreign trip capped by the COP26 summit was an attempt to showcase the president as a global statesman, helming an America that’s ready to stand with allies and engage with developing nations on climate.
It’s their first face-to-face meeting since a diplomatic blowup over submarines.
Biden is seeking to convey that America has reclaimed its role as a global leader. But some foreign leaders are greeting the message with wariness, noting that Trump or a similar figure could become president again.