United States

Biden coughs through his speech over “super wealthy” and paying taxes

14:27, 17 September 2021
Biden coughs through his speech over “super wealthy” and paying taxes Photo: REUTERS

US President Joe Biden blamed big corporations and the “super wealthy” for not following the law by paying their taxes during his speech in the East Room at the White House.

During his remarks on the economy, he noted the importance of the principle of fairness and called out big corporations for not paying their taxes, adding that he is not for raising taxes but rather for equality in tax payments. 

“That isn't about raising their taxes. It is about the super wealthy finally begin to pay what they owe, what the existing tax code calls for. Just like hardworking Americans do all over this country every tax day,” he said.

The President also spoke on COVID-19 vaccine mandates and against the governors of Texas, Florida, and Mississippi for not supporting them. 

“This is the worst kind of politics because it is putting the lives of citizens of their states, especially children, at risk,” Biden said.

During his speech Biden coughed multiple times, as he did during his previous public appearance, raising concerns over the state of his health.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki was quick to address those concerns saying “We have a doctor who travels with him. Obviously, he checks in if there is ever warranted”.

“I don't think it's an issue of concern. I think there are a range of reasons why we may need to clear a throat or we may have a little light cold, and that's certainly something that presidents, elected officials, reporters, spokespeople can confront but it's not an area where we have a medical concern,” she said in a statement.

Earlier, hundreds of protesters gathered in Idaho’s capital Boise to protest against US President Joe Biden’s visit who had arrived in the state to discuss the economic and ecological situation in the region hit by wildfires.