Marion McKeone: Beleaguered Biden’s lack of stomach for a battle is laid bare

With inflation rampant and his green energy agenda being nullified by one intransigent senator, these are dark days for the increasingly impotent US president

Joe Manchin: the Democrat senator for West Virginia is blocking Joe Biden’s agenda at every turn. Picture: Getty

Bad news on the domestic front dogged Joe Biden as he flew to Saudi Arabia last week for his controversial meeting with Mohammed bin Salman, the gulf state’s crown prince. Inflation in the US reached 9.1 per cent in June, breaking all previous records. The news all but buried surprisingly strong job figures for the month, amid speculation that the US Federal Reserve could hike interest rates by another 1 per cent.

Then, to the ...