CNN Editor Declares Biden 'Is Having the Worst Week of His Presidency'


CNN’s editor-at-large declared Joe Biden’s “presidential honeymoon” to be over, saying the Democrat “is having the worst week of his presidency.”

With the surge of the delta variant of the coronavirus, Biden faces an average of 85,000 cases of COVID-19 a day in the United States, CNN’s Chris Cillizza noted Tuesday.

The White House also announced on Monday that 70 percent of eligible adults are at least partly vaccinated — a month later than Biden’s July 4 deadline, according to The New York Times.

The Biden administration has faced criticism over the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that vaccination individuals should wear masks — a sharp contrast from what the president was saying less than three months ago.

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“Everything — and I mean EVERYTHING — flows from the Covid news,” Cillizza wrote.

“And the truth is that Biden’s ability to change the current story on COVID-19 in this country is decidedly limited.”

The coronavirus pandemic is not the only issue faced by the Biden administration. The border crisis is also taking a toll.

The number of unaccompanied minors apprehended at the nation’s southern border hit an all-time high in July, The Associated Press reported.

Authorities picked up more than 19,000 unaccompanied migrant children, a sharp increase from June’s total of 15,253.

“The sharp increases from June were striking because crossings usually slow during stifling — and sometimes fatal — summer heat,” the AP wrote.

Biden also has been at odds with House Democrats as the CDC’s moratorium on evictions expired on Sunday, according to CNN.

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Cillizza said that a “blame game has broken out” as millions of Americans have to pay rent and back rent, with Democrats in Congress pointing at the White House.

“Action is needed, and it must come from the Administration,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip James Clyburn and Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark wrote in a joint statement Sunday calling for Biden to extend the moratorium.

“As the CDC doubles down on mask-wearing and vaccination efforts, science and reason demand that they must also extend the moratorium in light of the delta variant. Doing so is a moral imperative to keep people from being put out on the street which also contributes to the public health emergency.”

Are Americans losing faith in Biden?

Biden had a 51.6 percent approval rating Tuesday, according to the Real Clear Politics polling average.

This is a slight decrease from the 55.8 percent approval rating he enjoyed in the first days of his presidency.

“What does the future — or, at least, the next few weeks — hold for Biden? The honest answer is no one knows,” Cillizza wrote.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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