A White House official informed The Pavlovic Today that President Biden engages in daily discussions with members of Congress in anticipation of the vote on the bipartisan budget agreement.

“The President continues to receive regular updates from his legislative team throughout the day regarding the progress made in passing the agreement to avert a catastrophic default and safeguard Democratic priorities and achievements,” stated a White House official.

Today, President Biden briefly addressed the White House press. When questioned about the status of the debt ceiling and his confidence in its passage through Congress, Biden responded, “I feel very good about it.” He further mentioned that he had conversed with several members, including McConnell.

When asked how he would address Democrats who possess reservations about the compromise bill, Biden replied, “Talk to me.” Upon being pressed for further details on his response, he chose not to elaborate.

Regarding his communication with Congresswoman Jayapal and the potential support of progressives, Biden stated, “I don’t know, and I have a good relationship with Jayapal. I haven’t had a chance to speak to her yet.”

When questioned about which party had received the better deal, Democrats or Republicans, the President maintained that it was a “bipartisan deal.” In response to a query regarding the passing of the bill by June 5, he affirmed, “Yes,” adding, “There is no reason it shouldn’t get done by the 5th. I’m confident that we’ll get a vote in both Houses and we’ll see.”

When asked for his thoughts on the 2024 Republican field for the upcoming election, Biden expressed, “I haven’t been able to keep up with it.” Nevertheless, he acknowledged the presence of numerous “competent candidates who are trying to get the nomination.”

In reference to Russia intensifying its attacks on Kiev, Biden commented, “It’s not unexpected” and emphasized the importance of continuing to provide Ukraine with the necessary support.

Regarding Sweden’s prospective NATO membership, Biden disclosed that he had raised the matter with Erdogan and that they intended to discuss it further in the following week.

In response to a reporter stating that some Republicans believe the deal did not allocate sufficient funds to the Pentagon, and questioning whether he could guarantee that the U.S. military would be adequately resourced in the coming years, Biden reiterated, “They passed my budget… Obviously, if there’s any existential need for additional funding, I have no doubt we’ll be able to get it.”

When asked about Ron DeSantis pardoning Trump and his thoughts on the idea of pardoning Trump, Biden chuckled before remarking, “It’s a good question.”

Furthermore, Biden mentioned that he had spoken with and congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his reelection, indicating that the two leaders would reconnect with each other in due course.

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