New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said the city’s plan is to “fully reopen” on July 1, the mayor told MSNBC this morning.
“We are ready for stores to open, for businesses to open, offices, theaters, full strength,” de Blasio said. “What we’re seeing is people have gotten vaccinated in extraordinary numbers – 6.3m vaccinations in New York City to date.”
According to city data, just over a third of the city’s population is fully vaccinated.
De Blasio’s push for a summer reopening comes on the heels of announcements from New York governor Andrew Cuomo who said yesterday that the state will lift bans on dining curfews and bar seating in May.
It appears Donald Trump got some air time this morning on Fox Business with Maria Bartiromo to rant about Joe Biden’s first 100 days.
Trump affirmed to Bartiromo, in a nearly hour-long phone call to the host this morning, that he won the presidency. “I’ll tell you what, that election was won by us. It was not won by Biden.” He also criticized the appearance of Nancy Pelosi and Kamala Harris, who were standing behind Biden while he was addressing Congress last night, saying that their masks made them look “like they were choking”.
Trump also claimed that if he “wasn’t president, you wouldn’t have a vaccine”.
The political force behind the former president has largely faded away since he left office in January. Trump has been hanging out at his resort in Florida, doing the occasional speech and some interviews with Fox News.
The White House is commending the diversity of Joe Biden’s 1,500 appointees, releasing data on the racial and gender makeup of the new members of the executive branch.
Over half – 58% – of the appointees are women. Nearly half come from diverse racial backgrounds: 18% are Black, 15% are Hispanic and 15% are Asian American or Pacific Islander. Nearly a third of the appointees are naturalized citizens or children of immigrants, and 14% identify as LGBTQ+.
In a press release, the White House gave further details of the specific makeup of certain departments, saying the Department of Labor’s appointees are 70% women and at the Department of Education, a fourth of new appointees were the first in their family to graduate from college.
Many of the department leaders of Biden’s cabinet have been history making, including Janet Yellen, who is the first woman to be Treasury Secretary, Lloyd Austin, the first Black Defense Secretary.
“President Biden’s commitment to representation from communities that haven’t always been at the table can be seen across the federal government,” the White House said in a press release.
Good morning, this is Lauren Aratani with today’s politics live blog.
Today is officially Joe Biden’s 100th day in office. To mark the milestone, the president addressed Congress for the first time last night. In his speech, unveiled his $1.8tn “blue-collar blueprint” to invest in families and education. The package is the second part of the administration’s broader plans for domestic reform. In his party’s rebuttal to Biden’s speech, Republican senator Tim Scott referred to Biden’s plans as “socialist dreams”.
The president will be traveling to Georgia today to meet with former president Jimmy Carter and hold a rally in Duluth celebrating his first 100 days.
Here’s what else we’re watching today:
- A report from the US commerce department showed that the economy soared 6.4% in the first quarter of 2021, suggesting that the US economy is finally on a firm road to recovery.
- After plateauing at just over 60,000 new cases a day, daily coronavirus cases are finally falling, averaging about 55,000 new cases a day in the past week. On the flip side, the US vaccination pace has been slowing.
- The US has advised its citizens inside India to leave the country “as soon as it is safe” given the devastating rise of coronavirus in the country.
Stay tuned for more live updates.