The annualized increase of 6.5% of the gross domestic product (GDP) The United States in the second half showed that the country’s economy overcame the “worst moment in its history” to reach one of the best periods, according to the White House deputy press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, during a press conference on Thursday Thursday, 29.
She also highlighted that the recovery of the American GDP to the level of the period before the coronavirus pandemic took half the time compared to the resumption of the previous crisis. “This is no accident,” said Jean-Pierre, crediting the economic advance to President Joe Biden’s agenda.
Asked whether the rise in inflation worries the Biden administration, the deputy secretary said that “challenges were expected” but downplayed the rise in prices by saying that “experts outside and inside the White House” see the rise in prices as temporary.
Jean-Pierre also commented that there are no signs of significant impact of the delta variant coronavirus on activity at the moment, when asked whether the most contagious strain could make the government extend the term of the additional benefits to the unemployed, which is expected to end in September.
With the United States facing the refusal of millions of Americans to be vaccinated against covid-19, Jean-Pierre stressed that the White House is considering forcing federal government officials to immunize themselves. According to reports in the local press, President Joe Biden is expected to speak on the topic in a speech scheduled to begin at 5 pm (GMT) this Thursday.