New White House press secretary Jen Psaki later dismissed the notion that Mr Biden’s inaugural initiatives had failed to fulfill his promise of unity, arguing that unemployment insurance, reopening schools and accelerating vaccine distribution were not partisan issues . She added that Mr. Biden’s obligation is to listen to the Republicans and take them seriously, not necessarily to agree with them on every point.
“They will say that they are not looking for anything symbolic,” said Ms. Psaki. “They want to get involved, they want to have a conversation, they want to have a dialogue and that is exactly what it will do.”
Republicans complained that there was no dialogue before Mr Biden unveiled his proposed immigration legislation to illegally give 11 million people in the country access to citizenship while stopping many deportations and suspending the construction of Mr Trump’s border wall. Courtesy, they said, was not the same as unity.
“Bipartisanship is not a sound. This is politics,” said Josh Holmes, longtime advisor to Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader. “And I think he figured the tone. But that’s not a unit. If you do radically partisan things do, the unit will not surely follow. “
Democrats scoffed at and claimed to be republican nagging about what they believe to be Mr. McConnell’s extensive track record in obstructionism It was also up to the Republicans to meet Mr. Biden halfway. Furthermore, the unit does not require a unilateral delivery of the promises that Mr Biden made during the election campaign.
“If you work with him, he will work with you,” said John D. Podesta, former Clinton White House chief of staff and advisor to Obama. “But it doesn’t mean you throw away your core program. And when he says,” I think you went too far to cut taxes on the rich, “and they say,” Well, that means you do the Not taking unity seriously “that’s just a joke.”