Biden tells reporters to 'shush up' while discussing debt ceiling negotiations

"What happens in the first meetings wasn’t all that progressive.”


During a press conference at the G7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan, Sunday, President Joe Biden told reporters to "shush up” while he answered a question on debt limit negotiations. 

“Are Republicans negotiating in good faith?” a reporter asked. The President started to say, “It goes in stages,” before he was interrupted by another reporter. He responded with “Shush up okay.” 

“This goes in stages, and what happens in the first meetings wasn’t all that progressive.” he continued. “The second ones were, the third one was, and then what happens is the carriers go back to the principles and say this is what we’re thinking about and that people put down new claims.” 

“I still believe we’ll be able to avoid default and we’ll get something decent,” Biden concluded. 

Congress is currently in negotiations to raise the national debt limit. According to Reuters, The Treasury Department has warned that the US would default on its debts if a deal is not struck by June 1st. 

During the press conference, the President called the Republicans' proposals “unacceptable.” He said, “It is time for Republicans to accept that there is no bipartisan deal to be made solely on their partisan terms. They have to move as well.” 

According to NPR, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and President Biden spoke Sunday while the President was on his way home from Japan. 

“My discussion with the president, I think, was productive," McCarthy said. "Look, he's sitting on Air Force One, he had been sitting in meetings with other world leaders, and it's hard to try to get that update as we're going across there. I think we can solve some of these problems if he understands what we're looking at, but I've been very clear to him from the very beginning, we have to spend less money than we spent last year."

Before his Sunday conversation with President Biden, Speaker McCarthy said about Friday's negotiations, “Unfortunately the White House moved backward,” he continued, “He actually proposed spending billions more next year than we spend this year.” 

Republicans are proposing to increase defense spending while cutting the rest of the budget. They are also pushing to extend the Trump-era tax cuts, according to reports. 

The two are expected to meet in person on Monday to make a deal to avoid default.


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