Has President Biden kept his promises?

When Donald Trump stepped down as president of the United States, the world readied itself to see the changes Joe Biden promised. Two months on, what have we actually seen from the 46th president?

Kayleigh Fraser
23rd March 2021
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Two months into his presidency, the world is starting to get a real taste of a Biden administration. However, with criticism rising over deportation and overseas bombing, public opinion of Biden and Harris is starting to be questioned.

After Joe Biden's monumental defeat of Donald Trump last November, America and the rest of the world was hungry for stability and strong leadership. Sadly, barely sixty-five days into his term, Biden is doing some really questionable things.

It was discovered that on the 26th of February US military dropped bombs on Syrian facilities that supposedly belonged to Iranian backed militia groups. Although Biden's election seemed to herald a new age of diplomacy, he is falling back into old habits of America being the worlds saviour.

Even more worrying is that on his campaign website, Biden states that in the US 'gun violence is a public health epidemic' (Source: joebiden.com/gunsafety) yet, when an even more brutal level of violence is waged overseas, somehow, it is acceptable?

“Who would have thought that within 33 days we’d be bombing the Middle East again? I would have. The military industrial complex? I’m surprised it took them 33 days.”

Donald Trump Jr. speaks out against the Syrian bombings at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Source: AL-Monitor

The military action isn't the only thing causing backlash. In his campaign, Biden mentioned a one hundred day moratorium on deportations. That didn't happen. Judges banned the proposal after an injunction from Texas branded the move as a violation of federal law (Source: The Independent).

Combining this with the bombings in Syria, things aren't looking wholly progressive for the new President. Be that as it may, he has managed to get the COVID relief bill passed through the senate, promising $1.9 trillion to help America get back on its feet.

Former campaign chair for Barack Obama; Jon Cooper praises the administration on Twitter. Source: twitter.com/joncoopertweets

Interestingly enough, the bill was only passed by a single vote. All Republicans voted against it. What began as a promise to 'Build America Back Better' (Source: joebiden.com) feels like more of a battle than a strong plan. Instead of uniting America, it still feels like the United States are firmly and permanently divided.

The future will only go to show what else the Biden administration has in store. But, if Biden wants to keep most of America on his side he needs to stop waging war overseas and focus on beating the pandemic 'for the soul of the nation' (Source: joebiden.com).

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AUTHOR: Kayleigh Fraser
English Literature Student heavily obsessed with politics, progress and making positive change. Also slightly infatuated with iced coffee and guinea pigs.

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