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Biden heading to South Carolina for beach vacation

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Washington — Finally President Joe Biden leaves Wednesday and will spend most of next week on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, over the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden has spent many weekends at his beach home in Wilmington and Rehoboth, Delaware, but since he took office in January 2020, he has been on Kiawah Island. not going. vice president.

White House officials confirmed the visit but did not provide specific dates for how long he would be there, nor did they specify where Biden would be staying. The resort has a variety of rental housing as well as luxury hotels.

Biden, 79, had just recovered from a bout of COVID-19 and still had a lingering cough as of Tuesday.

Previous presidents have traditionally held press conferences before leaving for his August vacation, but Mr. Biden's schedule did not.

Before departing, he planned to sign his PACT Act. This expands Veterans Administration medical care and benefits to veterans exposed to toxic substances in burn scars and elsewhere.

Mr. Biden will leave Washington after a string of recent legislative successes, including a bill he signed into law on Tuesday aimed at boosting the U.S. semiconductor industry.

Despite victory, Democrats embroiled in debate over whether Biden should seek re-election in 2024 or look to younger candidates for future leadership

White House Press Secretary Carine Jean-Pierre reiterated on Tuesday that Biden will serve another four-year term in 2024. in Palm Beach, Florida, home of his predecessor, Republican Donald Trump. Jean-Pierre told reporters that Biden had not been warned of the Justice Department's search of his home. (Reporting by Steve Holland, Editing by Bradley Perrette)