Biden holds town hall on first major presidential trip
By Matt Viser, Felicia Sonmez and Anne Gearan
MILWAUKEE — Biden arrived in Milwaukee on Tuesday for his first major trip since taking office, kicking off a new phase of his presidency that attempts to move past the impeachment of his predecessor and toward a more aggressive selling of his coronavirus relief plan.
Speaking at a CNN town hall, Biden pledged that any American who wants a vaccine will have access to one by the end of July. He said he wanted many elementary and middle schools to be open five days a week by the end of April. And he said that “by next Christmas, I think we’ll be in a very different circumstance.”
Biden revealed Tuesday night that in the weeks since he won the White House, he has received phone calls from all of the living former presidents — “with one exception,” whom he did not name.
And Biden reaffirmed the goal of a “reasonable path to citizenship” for most undocumented immigrants as part of an overhaul of immigration policy but seemed insistent that an expansion of refugee admissions either be part of the package or handled quickly as a stand-alone measure.