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President Joe Biden explicitly mentioned his White House predecessor, Donald Trump, by name eight times Thursday during his first solo news conference.

Biden fielded questions for roughly an hour on a range of topics, including the migrant surge at the U.S.-Mexico border, the legislative filibuster, voting rights and foreign policy challenges with China and Russia.

The president has faced criticism for his delay in holding a formal press conference. It took place more than two months after he was sworn into office on January 20. According to an analysis conducted by CNN, 15 of Biden’s predecessors formally took questions from reporters 33 days into their presidencies.

Biden kicked off the event by announcing his new goal of 200 million vaccine doses by the end of his first 100 days in office. The U.S. has easily surpassed the president’s original goal of 100 million COVID-19 shots in his first 100 days. The nation has already administered roughly 115 million doses, according to Bloomberg.

Biden also touted the passage of the American Rescue Plan, saying that more than 100 million stimulus checks have already been sent out to qualifying Americans. He also noted that for the first time since the pandemic, weekly unemployment claims fell below 700,000.

But in the Q&A session, members of the press focused on immigration and the legislative filibuster. No questions were asked about the coronavirus or the economy.

Biden took several jabs at Trump when asked whether he might be sending a message to immigrants that they can now cross the southern border. He pointed out that nobody suggested the influx of unaccompanied minors under Trump was “because he was a nice guy.”

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“The idea that I’m going to say, which I would never do, if an unaccompanied minor ends up on the border we’re just going to let them starve to death and stay on the other side—no previous administration did that either, except Trump,” Biden said. “I’m not going to do it.”

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President Joe Biden answers questions on Thursday during the first solo news conference of his presidency. On the 64th day of his administration, Biden took questions about the coronavirus pandemic, immigration, gun control and other topics.CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY IMAGES

On the filibuster, Biden said it is “being abused in a gigantic way” and expressed support for reforming the Senate rule in order to pass big-ticket agenda items.

One of the biggest bombshells came later in the press conference, when Biden said he anticipated making a second run for the White House, in 2024. He would be 81 at the time of the election and 82 at his second inauguration.

“Yes, my plan is to run for reelection. That’s my expectation,” Biden said, adding that he would expect Vice President Kamala Harris to join him again on the ticket.

Asked whether he would defeat Trump in a rematch, Biden said he had “no idea” and doesn’t even think about that.

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Sen. Blackburn asks Biden admin why U.S. spending $284K per migrant family to keep them in hotels

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“The cost to taxpayers for housing 1,200 migrant families for six months is about $71,000 per person,” the Tennessee senator says.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn has done the math.

The Tennessee Republican’s interest was piqued after the Biden administration announced its intention to spend nearly $87 million to house 1,200 foreigners who illegally cross the border in hotel rooms in the U.S.

“As the current contract stands, the cost to taxpayers for housing 1,200 migrant families for six months is about $71,000 per person,” Blackburn wrote in a letter Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Immigration and Customs Enforcement acting Director Tae Johnson. “For a family of four, that amounts to a shocking $284,000 – enough to buy a small house.”

Earlier this month, the administration awarded ICE an $86.9 million contract through Texas-based nonprofit Endeavors, which will provide hotel rooms near the border for temporary shelter. But Blackburn also questions how the group spends its money.

She said Endeavors in 2018 collected more than $38 million in contributions and grants but noted that “IRS filings show that nearly $22 million or almost half of those contributions went to salaries.”

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“This raises questions if half of the $86.9 million in ICE contract proceeds will likewise be allocated toward employee and executive compensation instead of migrant services or housing,” Blackburn wrote in her letter.

She also expressed concerns that Endeavors’ CEO Jon Allman has not provided “specific details about the contract.”

“It is unclear whether this nonprofit has ever previously managed a contract of this magnitude, housed a migrant population of this size or served vulnerable children without putting them at further risk,” Blackburn wrote. “DHS and ICE must provide commitments to assure Congress and the American public that Endeavors is up for the task of securely and efficiently housing illegal immigrants without resulting in waste or abuse of taxpayer dollars, or worse, harming vulnerable migrant children.”

Blackburn asked for answers by April 15.

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Joe Biden: ‘I Don’t Care’ if Donald Trump Visits the Border

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President Joe Biden dismissed the news that former President Donald Trump is considering a visit to the southern border.

A reporter questioned Biden about the border crisis, and reports about Trump’s possible visit, as he returned to Washington from a weekend at his home in Delaware.

“We are putting in place a plan that I feel very confident about,” Biden replied. “And I don’t care what the other guy does.”

Biden did not answer a question about when he would make his own trip to visit the border.

Former President Trump confirmed he is interested in visiting the border to highlight Biden’s border crisis in the “next couple of weeks,” during an interview Saturday on Fox News.

“Thousands and thousands of people are coming up right now as we speak,” Trump said. “And you’re going to have millions of people pouring into our country. And it’s going to destroy our country.”

Biden continues struggling to manage the border crisis, despite publicly delegating Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday to lead the administration’s efforts to secure the border.

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But on Friday, Harris’s team clarified that the vice president “was not doing the border” but only leading the “diplomatic efforts” with Latin American countries to address the root causes of migration.

Both Biden and Harris refuse to commit to visiting the border, despite record numbers of unattended child migrants crossing into the U.S. and overwhelming Border Patrol detention facilities.

Despite the Biden administration repeatedly telling migrants the border is closed, the president makes it clear that unattended migrant children are not getting sent back.

“The only people we’re not going to let sitting there on the other side of the Rio Grande by themselves with no help are children,” Biden said during his press conference on Sunday.

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