Biden: I’ll meet with McCarthy — but not on debt limit


President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he is open to meeting again with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy — but would not give in to the Republican’s demand for negotiations on the debt limit.

“Happy to meet with McCarthy,” Biden said at the end of a brief press conference at the White House. “But not on whether or not the debt limit gets extended. That’s not negotiable.”

The president’s stance reflects the White House’s continued skepticism that McCarthy will be able to keep Republicans united behind a single set of demands, even after the speaker narrowly passed a debt ceiling bill he has cast as the GOP’s opening bid in the high-stakes standoff.