Democrat President Joe Biden has declared that he would be “blameless” in the catastrophic event that the United States defaults on the national debt.
Defaulting on the debt in the coming days is becoming increasingly likely, an event that would be devastating to the U.S. economy.
However, Biden claims that has “done” his “part” in trying to avoid a default.
Biden made the claim during a news conference in Hiroshima, Japan, where he had traveled for meetings with G-7 nations.
Republicans in Congress forced Biden to the negotiating table after months of the White House insisting there would be no debate over the issue.
Biden now argues that certain “MAGA Republicans” are seeking to cause a default in an effort to crash the economy ahead of Biden’s re-election effort.
“I’ve done my part,” Biden said regarding negotiations.
“It’s time for the other side to move their team positions because much of what they were proposed is simply quite frankly, unacceptable.”
This prompted a follow-up at the end of the news conference from Fox News’s Peter Doocy.
“Mr. President, on the debt limit, you said already, ‘I’ve done my part’,” Doocy asked.
“Do you think if there’s a breach, nobody can blame you?”
“Of course, no one will blame me,” Biden said.
“I know you won’t, you’ll be saying Biden did a wonderful job,” he joked.
“Would you be blameless in a default situation?” Doocy pressed.
“On the merits, based on what I’ve offered, I would be blameless,” Biden responded, without joking.
“On the politics of it, no one would be blameless.
“And by the way, that’s one of the, one of the things some [people] are contemplating.
“Well, I gotta be careful here.
“I think there are some MAGA Republicans in the House who know the damage that it would do to the economy and because I am president, and presidents are responsible for everything, Biden would take the blame.
“And that’s the one way to make sure Biden’s not reelected.”
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Biden also claimed that he had the authority to unilaterally increase the debt limit using the 14th Amendment, a legal argument experts say would be unlikely to hold up in court.
Biden acknowledged that the legal disagreement would render the move moot, however, saying the appeals process would kick a final decision well past the default date.
A GOP source confirmed to Fox News on Friday that a snag has been reached in the talks because “there is too much daylight between the sides.
The source said there is a lack of movement between the sides over what Republicans want to cut on the “discretionary” side of the ledger, which is the part of spending Congress controls through the appropriations process each year.
“A responsible, bipartisan budget agreement remains possible if both sides negotiate in good faith and recognize that neither side will get everything it wants,” a White House spokesperson said.
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