Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said Sunday that Democrats are unwarranted in criticism of President Biden’s response to the recent Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade and left abortion regulation to individual states.
Raimondo said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Biden “has no silver bullet to solve” a host of problems facing the country, but is trying to find a way to find solutions within his confines executive.
Biden signed an executive order last week that emphasized protecting abortion rights, which Raimondo defended after moderator Chuck Todd called the executive order a “glorified press release” that simply encouraged following existing laws.
Raimondo defended the executive order, saying Biden was “pushing the limits of his authority to defend women who have had a right taken away from them,” pressuring the bodies that have the power to effect change.
“These issues need to be resolved by Congress, or in this case the Supreme Court and Congress. So he does what a good leader does, which is to go to his team and say, give me all the options, all the tools in my toolbox. And that is what this executive order does.
Criticism of Biden, Raimondo said, overlooks the work he has done over the years and the limits of his presidential power — particularly in the case of the SCOTUS abortion ruling.
“I know people are frustrated, you know, people are grumpy with a lot of good reasons. But we need to focus on who is going to work every day and solve these problems, not who uses the hottest language. That’s who’s going to stand up for women and look after them, whether it’s health care, reproductive rights, jobs, training, or child care, and that’s the president. Biden.