In his second press conference since announcing his 2018 bid for the presidency, Vice President Joe Biden was asked by reporters whether he would resign in the 2020 election.
He replied: “I don’t want the job.
I’m not going to be the one to give it up.”
Biden said he has been “uncomfortable” with the way things have been handled by the Trump administration, which has put pressure on him to leave the job in the face of rising tensions with Russia.
“I’m going to take that job,” Biden said.
“And I’m going do what I’m supposed to do, which is to make the world a better place.”
He added: “The country deserves better than this.
The country has got to move on.
And I’m doing what I can to make that happen.”
Biden, who announced his candidacy in January 2016, has said he would stay in the job until a successor is chosen.
In a Monday interview with Fox News, he said he plans to stay in office until 2020, even though some of his fellow Democrats have said they would consider resigning.
Biden was at a White House press conference Monday to announce the White House’s decision to expand the WhiteHouse.gov website to allow Americans to submit online petitions and other documents.
He also announced the establishment of a new National Institutes of Health task force to focus on combating diseases that threaten the country.
“If I get the chance to go out on the stump tomorrow and say, ‘I’m not quitting,’ and that’s what I’ll do, I’ll say, you know, ‘That’s a good idea,’ ” Biden said in a Monday briefing.
“Because we’re not going anywhere.
And if we don’t go, this country is going to continue to stagnate.”
The White House said Biden will announce his next step in the next few days.
“As the nation’s chief executive, I have the authority to act as a leader for the nation in a way that’s right for the country,” Biden wrote in a statement.
“We will continue to lead by example and lead by compassion.”
Aides said Monday that Biden plans to announce his decision to stay on as vice president at the same press conference where he unveiled the new website.
The Biden administration, however, is weighing whether to hire a new communications director to replace him.
“The vice president has been very clear that he wants to continue his role as a strong advocate for America’s interests and our values, and that he is determined to continue doing so,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in the statement.
Biden said Monday he wants “to make sure that the country is a better, stronger place” and he will be ready to “get out there and make the country a better country.”
Biden has been reluctant to step aside for a while.
In January, he announced his intention to run for president.
Biden has not said whether he will run for reelection in 2020.
Biden’s bid for re-election in 2020, however was viewed as a shot at the current administration.
The Democratic Party had been eyeing Biden for months to run as its nominee, a move that would give him a boost in the polls in the final weeks of the election.
But in late May, after the Trump White House made public its intent to expand online petitioning, Biden announced he would not run.
In an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday, Biden said the issue has been a source of “concern” to him.
Biden is expected to be asked about the Whitehouse.gov petition campaign in the weeks ahead.
Biden, though, did not rule out a 2020 run.
“It would be a good thing to make sure we don, you have the right person in the White, because you don’t know,” Biden told the network.
“When I’m done, we’ll have a plan and a vision of how we would have a better and stronger America.”
Biden’s decision not to run was widely seen as a sign that the White.house.org campaign would be scrapped if he decides to run.
He is one of the most prominent Democrats to announce he would be leaving the White house in the wake of the president’s firing of FBI Director James Comey.
Biden told reporters on Monday that he would continue to work in the administration until a new chief of staff is named.
“This is a job that requires a lot of energy and I’ve got a lot more energy than I have right now,” Biden added.
“You can’t just walk away.”
Biden will also be leaving his job as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which will continue with its investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Biden also will be leaving office with a $25 million federal pension.
In his interview with the NBC show, Biden did not detail how he plans on living off the pension, which he earned during the administration.
“Obviously the White will be looking