The well-known New York Times columnist and editor, Thomas Friedman, said that the 100 days that have passed since US President Joe Biden’s rule are a kind of recovery for the United States from a heart attack.
Friedman added – in an interview with the episode (4/30/2021) of the “From Washington” program – that after the events of the storming of Congress on January 6 last, and with Biden assuming power, he took control, as half of the state’s population was vaccinated The United Nations received the Coronavirus vaccine, and everyone was thinking about the future.
While Friedman asserted that the United States suffered during the reign of former President Donald Trump, he pointed to a higher measure of national unity at the present time.
Friedman pointed out that the United States is currently undergoing two major transformations, the first being a socio-demographic and political transformation from a country led by the white people to a country controlled by different ethnic minorities, which is a welcome change, but it is not acceptable to all Americans.
He added that the second transformation is the technological change that divides society, divides people and gives them wrong information, noting that this change has become a profitable business for politicians, social networks and television stations, which is sufficient reason to destabilize society.
In his first extended look at the people during a joint session of the House and Senate under the dome of Congress, Biden did not mention his predecessor Trump by name once, but Trump’s policies were present in nearly every line of the speech.
The specter of Corona was also present and strongly in the session in which the number of attendees decreased from about 1500 – as traditionally used – to about 200 only, which is a reduction imposed by the virus safety protocols.
The episode “From Washington” also presented two models of Biden’s policies during his first 100 days in power: an internal model that is to deal with the Corona pandemic, and an external model that is to deal with the Iranian nuclear file.
The seminar was also hosted by Geraldine Griffiths, Deputy Director of the US State Department’s Regional Media Headquarters in Dubai.