WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Friday he plans to visit Texas next week following the state’s brutal winter storm that left millions without power but will only go if he determines he won’t be a “burden.”
“I plan on going,” he said, but added a final decision wouldn’t be made until early next week.
On Thursday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki pointed to the expansive “footprint” and resources required of a presidential trip when asked if Biden was planning to go to Texas.
Biden spoke to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday night. According to a readout of the call from the White House, Biden expressed “his support to the people of Texas in this trying time” and reiterated “the federal government will continue to work hand-in-hand with state and local authorities in Texas.”
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Biden made his first official trip outside of Washington, D.C., and Delaware as president Tuesday, going to Milwaukee for a town hall hosted by CNN. He’s making his second trip Friday to Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he will visit a Pfizer manufacturing plant.
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