President Joe Biden called the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade “outrageous behavior” at Thursday’s NATO summit.
Associated Press White House reporter Darlene Superville asked the president what message he sends to world leaders when a reported 85% of the American public believe the country is going down the wrong path. Biden said leaders do not believe the nation is going backward.
“They do not think that,” he replied. “You haven’t found one person, one world leader to say ‘America is going backwards.’ America’s better positioned to lead the world than we ever have been. We have the strongest economy in the world, our inflation rates are lower than other nations in the world. The one thing that has been destabilizing is the outrageous behavior of the Supreme Court of the United States by overruling not only Roe v. Wade, but essentially challenging the right to privacy.”
The president said the nation had led the world in protecting privacy rights and called the Court’s ruling a “mistake.” He then claimed world leaders have only thanked him for America’s leadership and “changing the dynamic of NATO and the G7.” (RELATED: Biden Decries Supreme Court’s Decision Overturning Roe v. Wade, Calls For Voters To Turn Out For Midterms)
“I can understand why the American people are frustrated because of what the Supreme Court did,” he continued. “I can understand why the American people are frustrated because of inflation, but inflation is higher in almost every other country, prices at the pump are higher in almost any other country. We’re better positioned to deal with this than anyone. But we have a way to go, and the Supreme Court, we have to change that decision by codifying Roe v. Wade.”
The president said he would support a filibuster carve-out in order for Congress to codify Roe v. Wade into law. The filibuster allows senators to block a vote unless 60 members vote in favor of ending the debate.