EFG Magazine

Michael D. Shear

Jan. 19, 2022, 4:32 p.m. ET Jan. 19, 2022

Jan. 19, 2022

President Biden faced reporters in a formal news conference for only the second time in his presidency.
President Biden faced reporters in a formal news conference for only the second time in his presidency.
President Biden faced reporters in a formal news conference for only the second time in his presidency. Credit... Doug Mills/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Biden vowed on Wednesday to pursue a scaled-back version of his marquee domestic policy plan as he mounted a two-hour defense of his first-year accomplishments and repeatedly blamed Republicans for abandoning any serious attempt to govern the country.

In an expansive news conference in the East Room of the White House, Mr. Biden refused to accept criticism of how his administration has handled the coronavirus pandemic, saying that “we’ve done remarkably well.” And he rejected accusations that he called lawmakers who opposed voting rights legislation racists in a fiery speech last week.