“I can say quite clearly, ‘Don’t come over,’” Biden said regarding the rise in border crossings. “Don’t leave your town or city or community.”
The president’s remarks about his Russian counterpart came after a U.S. intelligence assessment said Putin authorized operations last year intended to hurt Biden’s presidential campaign and exacerbate tension in the U.S.
“He will pay a price,” Biden said of Putin. Biden also said he thinks Putin is a killer.
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Biden reiterated his plan to raise taxes on people making more than $400,000 a year, acknowledging he “may not” get any Republican votes for tax hikes.
“I’ll get the Democratic votes for a tax increase,” he said. “If we just took the tax rate back to what it was when Bush was president — top rate paid 39.6% in federal taxes — that would raise $230 billion.”
Biden for the first time also expressed support for tweaking Senate filibuster rules that threaten to derail his agenda. He backed the “talking filibuster,” which would require senators to be physically present and debating on the floor to keep a bill from coming up for a vote.
In addition, he talked about the sexual harassment allegations that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been facing, saying Cuomo should resign if the state attorney general’s investigation confirms the claims against him.