Joe Biden Snaps Back After Reporter Calls Him Out

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – President Joe Biden snapped back after Fox News White House correspondent Jacqui Heinrich questioned him about giving Americans “false hope” regarding student loan forgiveness, despite the fact that he had in the past questioned whether or not he had the authority required to forgive the loans.

On Friday, June 30, the court ruled in a 6-3 decision that according to federal law, Biden’s secretary of education did not have the authority to cancel over $430 billion in student loan debt. Following his remarks on the Supreme Court’s recent ruling, Biden snapped back at Heinrich’s question, pointing out that he had not given “any false hope.” He argued that any doubts expressed were regarding doing even more than what was requested, but that the decisions he did make regarding student loan forgiveness he considered appropriate and believed “would get done.”

He added that the hope he had given people was not “false,” but rather that Republicans had “snatched” it away.

However, as Heinrich alluded to, Biden stated in February 2021 that he did not believe he had the “authority” to sign off on student loan debt forgiveness without first getting congressional approval. The Supreme Court with their decision agreed with Biden’s 2021 statement.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion that the Secretary’s plan of canceling the debt of 20 million borrowers was not authorized by the HEROES Act, much like the six GOP-led states that had sued pointed out. In the majority opinion, he also cited a comment by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Pelosi argued in July 2021 that the President did not have the power to order the forgiveness of student loan debt.

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