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President Joe Biden has completed his stop in Portland as part of his trip to the Pacific Northwest. After departing on Air Force One, he made his way to Seattle, landing around 5:10 p.m.
Details for the presidential trip were released on Wednesday.
During his stop in Portland, President Biden focused on infrastructure around the region. He specifically highlighted how his $1 trillion infrastructure plan fits into an ongoing project at the Portland International Airport, which ensures runways can survive earthquakes.
President Biden returned to PDX and is departing Portland on Air Force One. His trip to the Rose City lasted roughly four hours.
Portland police say NE Marine Drive has now reopened in both directions.
The president and his motorcade have left the Democratic fundraiser at the Portland Yacht Club. He is now on his way back to PDX.
After finishing his speech at PDX, Biden made his way to the Portland Yacht Club for a fundraiser. According to KOIN 6 News reporter Brandon Thompson, protesters had arrived outside the club several hours earlier. Crews were seen setting up barricades and performing security sweeps in the area earlier this morning.
As he started to wrap up his remarks, Biden spent some time talking about the high price of consumer goods and services. He blamed two things for recent increases: Supply chain problems exasperated by COVID and gas prices. And he encouraged Americans to work together to “stop feeling sorry for ourselves” and take back a position of leadership in the world.
“We are the only nation in the world that comes out of a crisis better than we were when we went into it,” he said. “Every single time.”
He then left the stage.
The beginning of President Biden’s remarks in Portland were focused on how his $1 Trillion infrastructure spending bill will impact Oregon. Biden says $42 million will be spent on airports, including $19 million for Portland International Airport.
“We’re investing $25 billion dollars this year to modernize American airports all across this country — and across this state, not just here,” Biden said. “That includes $211 million this year in Oregon, $42 million being delivered this year alone… not just a modernized PDX, but for 50 additional airports across Oregon.”
The President also touted spending on seaports, which includes major funding for a modernization of the facility in Coos Bay.
He went on to address funding for roads and bridges in Oregon and spending packages to increase the availability of high-speed internet service throughout the state.
President Joe Biden takes the stage at the Oregon Air National Guard headquarters after being introduced by an employee of O’Neill Electric who is a member of the IBEW union.
Biden began his remarks by thanking the Oregon congressional delegation, Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.
“Mayor Wheeler, thanks for the passport into the city,” Biden said. “Being a mayor is the toughest job in American politics… They look to you for answers.”
KOIN 6 News reporter Liz Burch was present at the hangar and says the president was clearly speaking to a crowd of supporters as many of his remarks were met with enthusiasm.
U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden stepped onto the stage in a hanger at the headquarters of the Oregon Air National Guard to tout the advantages of President Biden’s infrastructure spending plan and how they say it will help industries and people living and working in Oregon.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, Rep. Kurt Schrader, Rep. Peter DeFazio, Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler are speaking on stage at Oregon Air National Guard Headquarters in advance of remarks from President Biden.
Each speaker touted elements of Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure and the positive impact they say it will have on Oregonians.
Dozens of people, including some Portland City Commissioners have taken their seats inside a hanger at the Oregon Air National Guard Headquarters where President Biden is expected to speak in the next half-hour or so.
Between landing in Portland and scheduled remarks at the headquarters of the Oregon National Guard, President Biden stopped to tour a construction site at Portland International Airport where he discussed the project with workers.
President Biden’s motorcade is now moving from the tarmac at Portland International Airport en-route to a hangar at the headquarters of the Oregon Air National Guard where he will deliver remarks on runway resiliency and other infrastructure projects. That is expected to start around 2 p.m.
President Joe Biden, the 46th President of the United States, has officially arrived in Portland. It is his first trip to Portland as President and the first visit to the Rose City since President Obama was here in 2015.
After deplaning, Biden quickly met with a local contingent of politicians including Oregon Governor Kate Brown, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Sen. Ron Wyden, and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.
President Biden has arrived in Portland as Air Force One touches down on the tarmac and has begun taxiing toward the hanger complex at the Oregon National Guard Headquarters.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Sen. Ron Wyden, and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler are among the local contingent waiting to greet President Biden as he deplanes.
KOIN 6 News’ Elise Haas was there on the tarmac and says the president spent the most time talking to Gov. Brown. The crowd watched as the two shared a slight embrace and a laugh before he got into his vehicle — called “The Beast” — in order to get inside the airport.
Air Force One can be seen flying into Portland on approach to Portland International Airport. After deplaning, President Biden is scheduled to deliver remarks at the Oregon Air National Guard Headquarters.
KOIN 6 News crews near Portland International Airport say arriving and departing air traffic has stopped as Air Force One nears Portland Air Space. The schedule released Wednesday by the White House said President Biden would arrive at 12:40 p.m.
According to a Tweet from the Portland Police Bureau, officers are starting the process of closing some roads around Portland International Airport of President Biden’s visit Thursday afternoon.
PPB says they do not anticipate the need to close any major freeways or NE Airport Way.
KOIN 6 News reporter Brandon Thompson and photographer Jahaad Harvey see crews setting up barricades and performing security sweeps in the area around the Portland Yacht Club where President Biden will take part in a fundraiser Thursday afternoon.
KOIN 6 News reporter Brandon Thompson and photographer Jahaad Harvey, stationed near the Portland Yacht Club, capture the first images of protesters arriving in advance of President Biden’s fundraising event scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
Portland Police say people should expect some road closures in North Portland related to the President’s visit. The Bureau says most of the road closures will be in and around Portland International Airport Thursday afternoon while the President is here. PPB does not expect to close any major freeways or NW Airport way.
President Biden has departed Joint Base Andrews en route to Portland. Air Force 1 left Washington, D.C. around 7:40 A.M. The flight is expected to arrive in Portland around 12:40 P.M. After landing, President Biden will deliver remarks at the Oregon Air National Guard base before heading to the Portland Yacht Club for a fundraiser.
Before leaving departing for Portland, President Joe Biden approved an additional $800 million in military aid to help Ukraine fight back in its increasingly difficult battle against the Russian invasion. He also warned that Congress will need to approve additional assistance if the U.S. is to keep up its crucial support.
The package includes much-needed heavy artillery, 144,000 rounds of ammunition, and drones for Ukrainian forces in the escalating battle for the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.
It’s part of a broader $13.6 billion package that he said could soon be exhausted.
All times Pacific.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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