Senator Manchin Says Biden a Deficient Leader

Dem. Sen. Manchin Says Biden a Deficient Leader

( – West Virginia’s Democratic Senator Joe Manchin is one of the few in that party willing to speak against the hard-left turn in the Democrat party, and he’s taking aim at President Joe Biden.

As House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced a bill to raise the U.S. debt ceiling while cutting back spending, Manchin said Biden’s refusal to meet with and negotiate with the Republicans is unacceptable.

In a statement released Thursday, April 20, Manchin said the U.S. is facing a “historic” debt crisis due to an “abject failure” to tackle the national debt, inflation, and a probable recession. He accused “elected leaders” of playing political games instead of working together.

His harshest criticism was aimed at President Biden. “It has been more than 78 days since President Biden last met with Speaker McCarthy. This signals a deficiency in leadership, and it must change.”

Manchin’s criticism comes against the strange backdrop of a U.S. President who is, obviously to almost all observers, suffering age-related mental decline. Though Democrats will not mention the subject and deny it when it is raised by critics, citizens, and officials can see that Biden is not in top form.

He has difficulty reading from a teleprompter, often slurring his words so severely that it is impossible to understand what he means. His wife, Jill, or administration staffers, frequently appear to have to guide him on and off stage, as the President seems unaware of where he is.

Manchin asked Biden to come to the negotiating table with ideas for “real and substantive” ways to reduce the deficit and cut U.S. spending. Not going this, Manchin said, may win the President’s favor with “the extremes of the Democratic Party,” but the nation as a whole will pay a high price if Biden sticks to “partisan politics.”

Speaker McCarthy’s bill would lift the debt ceiling by $1.5 trillion or through March 2024, whichever comes first.

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