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Biden says he can’t guarantee US will avoid debt default

US President Joe Biden says he cannot guarantee that the United States will avoid a crippling default, with Democrats and Republicans at loggerheads over whether and how to raise the legal limit on the national debt.

“No, I can’t. That’s up to Mitch McConnell,” he says, referring to the Senate’s top Republican who is leading the opposition against helping Democrats raise the debt ceiling.

“If I could, I would,” Biden says.

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