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Biden Pushes Back On Claims He Was Dodging McCarthy: ‘I’m Available to Whomever Wants to Talk’

President Joe Biden pushed again Wednesday on accusations he prevented working with then-Home Speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on vital points requiring bipartisan cooperation.

When assembly with reporters on the White Home Wednesday, Biden was requested, “Then-Speaker McCarthy mentioned the 2 of you hadn’t spoken instantly in a very long time. Why is that, and are you dedicated to partaking extra usually with the subsequent Home Speaker?”

“We had two agreements we shook arms on,” Biden answered. “And I assumed he was working with the — I know he was working with the Democrats within the Home and Senate. It wasn’t for me to do something. If he needed to speak to me, I used to be out there. I’m out there to whomever needs to speak to me, however the concept I used to be going to someway persuade McCarthy to vary his view was not cheap.”

Since turning into speaker in January by making main concessions to MAGA Republicans, McCarthy has been criticized for refusing to cooperate with Democrats on points reminiscent of Ukraine spending and shutting the southern border. As well as, he introduced an impeachment inquiry into President Biden final month over enterprise dealings with son, Hunter, and blamed Biden for inflicting the price range disaster.

McCarthy was compelled to depend on Democrats, nonetheless, to assist cross a stop-gap spending measure Biden signed late Saturday evening, narrowly avoiding a authorities shutdown. Regardless of this, McCarthy publicly denounced the Democrats on CBS’ Face The Nation Sunday, accusing  them of making an attempt “to do every thing they will” to maintain the spending invoice from passing.

Video of the interview was reportedly performed at Tuesday’s Democratic Caucus assembly and should have sealed McCarthy’s destiny as Democratic management determined to not attempt to forestall Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) from main the cost to oust the speaker.

Watch the clip above by way of MSNBC.

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