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Highlights From Biden’s Marathon 2-Hour Press Conference

“I’ve been engaged a long time in public policy,” Biden continued, “and I don’t know many things that have been done in one fell swoop.”
Highlights from Biden's marathon 2-hour press conference
President Biden answers questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on Jan. 19. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images


President Biden on Wednesday marked the end of his first year in office with a marathon press conference from the White House East Room, during which he defended his record in office and made headlines on several fronts.

Why it matters: It was only Biden's second solo presser while in office. The president said he would support splitting his flagship budget bill, the Build Back Better Act, to pass it in increments. He also called on the Federal Reserve to do more against inflation, and predicted that Russia will invade Ukraine.

On Russia:

"My guess is he will move in," Biden said of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the crisis brewing between his country and Ukraine.

  • U.S. officials have already issued a series of warnings about Russia's threatening military buildup on the border with Ukraine, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying in Kyiv earlier Wednesday that Russia could invade "on very short notice."

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