President Joe Biden did not have an answer on Monday when he was pressed by reporters about when the American people would receive free COVID-19 tests.
“And when will Americans get those free COVID tests, sir?” a reporter asked Biden at the end of the press conference.
Biden just stared ahead and did not respond to the question.
REPORTER: “When will Americans get those free COVID tests, sir?”
BIDEN: *stares blankly ahead* pic.twitter.com/WBtJ0MtuPU
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) January 3, 2022
“When our family needs them, we can’t get them,” former senior DHS official Ken Cuccinelli tweeted. “Though, to be clear, at this stage and knowing what we have long known, #LetsGoBrandon is right about one thing: there’s not a federal solution.”
Biden announced two weeks ago that the U.S. government planned to buy half a billion at-home COVID-19 tests and would mail them to anyone who wanted them in an effort to combat the spread of the virus.
Biden said in-part:
We also need to do better with at-home testing. So, I’m announcing today: The federal government will purchase one half billion — that’s not million; billion with a “B” — additional at-home rapid tests, with deliveries starting in January.
We’ll be getting these tests to Americans for free. And we’ll have websites where you can get them delivered to your home.
We have arranged for it to be easier for you to find a free COVID testing site near you on Google. Just enter “COVID test near me” in the Google search bar and you can find a number of different locations nearby where you can get tested.
And we’re going to continue to use the Defense Production Act as we did earlier this month to make sure we’re producing as many tests and as quickly as possible.
Biden’s refusal to answer the question on Monday about when Americans would get their free COVID-19 tests comes as a new report published in Politico indicated that Biden is likely to face a primary challenger in 2024.
“No one now in office — and none of the top-tier presidential contenders from 2020 — is viewed as a serious prospect to take on Biden. Nor is there any expectation that Sanders or Sen. Elizabeth Warren, both of whom have enjoyed a significant amount of influence in the Biden administration, would primary Biden,” the report said. “Instead, liberals believe lesser-known candidates are more likely to primary Biden if he seeks a second term, such as former Sanders campaign co-chair Nina Turner, 2020 presidential candidate Marianne Williamson or millionaire and $18-an-hour minimum wage advocate Joe Sanberg.”
“He’s deeply unpopular. He’s old as s***. He’s largely been ineffective, unless we’re counting judges or whatever the hell inside-baseball scorecard we’re using. And I think he’ll probably get demolished in the midterms,” said Corbin Trent, co-founder of a far-left political action committee and the former communications director for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). “People will smell opportunity, and D.C. is filled with people who want to be president.”