- Supreme court ruled Congress must authorize extension beyond 31 July
- President expected to announce vaccine mandate for US federal workers
- Speech comes after CDC recommends masks in some areas
- Republicans’ new tone on vaccines having little effect on hardcore holdouts
A new poll puts Joe Biden’s approval rating at 48%, which is down slightly from earlier this year.
According to the latest survey from Monmouth University, 48% of Americans approve of the president’s job performance so far, while 44% disapprove.
Meanwhile, US defense secretary Lloyd Austin has arrived in the Philippines, after visiting Singapore earlier this week.
The defense secretary exited his airplane wearing a full face shield and mask, as the Philippines grapples with a surge in coronavirus cases caused by the Delta variant.
Wheels down in the Philippines. pic.twitter.com/S8kjbTKMxW
Going forward, a major challenge for American officials will be curbing Chinese influence in the region, especially in countries like Philippines, a treaty ally with which China has made significant progress in recent years.
President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has rarely criticized China for its expansionism in the South China Sea. On Monday, during his State of the Nation address, he called himself a ‘good friend of President Xi.’ …