Biden to sit down for ABC News interview as COVID-19 relief promotion tour begins

Biden to sit down for ABC News interview as COVID-19 relief promotion tour begins
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President BidenJoe BidenTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe House passes sweeping defense policy bill MORE will sit down with ABC News for an interview set to air Wednesday on "Good Morning America" as his administration touts the passage of a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, Biden's first major legislative victory.

The network announced that George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosSurgeon general: 'Our enemy is the virus. It is not one another' Christie: Biden's new vaccine mandate will 'harden opposition' GOP senator on Texas abortion law: Supreme Court will 'swat it away' when 'it comes to them in an appropriate manner' MORE, a co-anchor of the program and former aide to President Clinton, would conduct the interview.

The conversation will be Biden's first major sit-down interview in weeks, and comes as the White House is launching a nationwide effort to sell voters on the COVID-19 relief package, which Biden signed into law days ago. Reports emerged this weekend that Americans have begun seeing $1,400 direct payments included in the measure deposited into their bank accounts.

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Biden, Vice President Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden taps big bank skeptic to for top regulatory post Harris unveils 0M commitment to new global health fund Senate advances Biden consumer bureau pick after panel logjam MORE, first lady Jill BidenJill BidenFirst Lady visits schools to discuss COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Biden travels west as Washington troubles mount MORE, second gentleman Doug EmhoffDoug EmhoffBush calls out domestic extremism in 9/11 speech Bush urges Americans on 9/11 to embrace unity, reject politics of 'fear' Harris in Shanksville honors heroism, courage of Flight 93 passengers MORE and members of the Cabinet will take part in a "Help is Here" tour this week to continue building support for the massive spending plan.

Biden's interview also comes amid growing criticism on the right and among some media figures over the president's lack of press conferences. Although White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden administration defends handling of Haitians amid uproar Sean Spicer, Russ Vought sue Biden over Naval Board removal 'Quad' summit is a chance to clarify our Indo-Pacific agenda MORE has resumed the daily briefings halted under former President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE, some have argued that Biden remains hidden from journalists' questions as he has yet to host a formal press conference since taking office.

A spokesperson for the White House told Politico's Playbook on Sunday that the president “look[s] forward to hitting the road this week and engaging directly with the American people through events and interviews.”