New President Joe Biden has spent much of his first few days in office signing executive orders overturning many of the previous administration’s executive orders, following through on many campaign pledges to do so.
The latest EO from Biden comes as he criticizes the Buy American initiatives of Donald Trump’s presidency, promising that his Buy American, unlike Trump’s, will have “clear directives” and be a “coordinated effort.”
Biden added that as part of this executive order, the government will move to replace its fleet of vehicles with American-made electric cars over the next several years and noting the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, pledged to push to replenish federal stockpiles:
“As this pandemic has made clear, we can never again rely on a foreign country that doesn’t share our interest to protect our people in a national emergency”, Biden said.
During his campaign for the presidency, Biden proposed a Buy American plan calling for a $400 billion increase in government purchasing of American-made products and services over four years.
An official in the administration told reporters on Sunday that “it’s based on his view that we are making things in America and all of America is core to our economic strategy.” The official noted that the order is part of a larger effort to “strengthen supply chains” and “modernize international trade rules.”
Taking questions about the order, Biden says he wants future Covid-19 relief legislation to be “bipartisan,” adding that the legislative part of the order is only at the beginning of negotiations, and took a slight dig at Trump while he was at it:
“I prefer these to be bipartisan. I’m trying to generate some consensus and take some — how should I say it — the vitriol out of this.”
It’s often assumed that the Republican party is the patriotic party, but based on early moves like this by President Biden, that narrative seems to be losing ground.
Speaking of patriotism, on Friday, First Lady Jill Biden brought homemade chocolate chip cookies to a group of guardsmen at the Capitol and personally thanked them for keeping her family safe. The cookies were a small token, but one that clearly came from the heart of a mother whose son had also served.
“I just wanted to come today to say thank you to all of you for keeping me and my family safe. I know that you’ve left your home states,” she said. “The Bidens are a National Guard family. Our son Beau was Delaware Army National Guard. He served for a year in Iraq in 2008–2009. So, I’m a National Guard mom, and when I saw … all that you’ve done and you left your home states and you’ve come here to protect us … I just wanted to say thanks from President Biden and my entire family.”
Biden shared that she did not make the cookies herself, but that they were homemade by the White House chef and she wanted to deliver them in person.
“I wanted to give everybody a cookie just as a small thank you for your service and your families’ service and all that you’ve done for our nation … I truly appreciate all that you do. The National Guard will always hold a special place in the hearts of all the Bidens. So, thank you. Thank you very much.”
Biden’s unannounced visit with the guardsmen was her first public outing as the first lady.