President Joe Biden released a statement on Saturday, Oct. 2, to mark a milestone of 700,000 deaths of COVID-19 pandemic, urging Americans not to forget those who lost their lives due to the virus.

“To heal we must remember, and as our nation mourns the painful milestone of 700,000 American deaths due to COVID-19, we must not become numb to the sorrow,” Biden said in a statement issued by the White House.

“On this day, and every day, we remember all those we have lost to this pandemic and we pray for their loved ones left behind who are missing a piece of their soul,” he said.

Biden said that the number of American deaths is an astonishing toll which is “yet another reminder of just how important it is to get vaccinated.”

He also touted that his administration has made extraordinary progress in the battle against COVID-19 over the last eight months.

Despite a new milestone of COVID-19 deaths, Biden’s latest statement was delivered in a less solemn tone than the speech he did in February when the country saw 500,000 deaths, according to Breitbart.

death tracker from the Washington Free Beacon showed that nearly 286,000 Americans have died from the pandemic since Biden took office.

According to Breitbart, his statement was sent to reporters minutes before he left his home in Wilmington, Delaware, for a round of golf.

Biden went golfing at the Fieldstone Golf Club with his White House counselor Steve Ricchetti and Ron Olivere, the father-in-law of Biden’s late son Beau Biden.

Biden traveled to his home in Delaware earlier on Saturday after spending Friday afternoon meeting Democratic lawmakers in an attempt to advance his $5 trillion spending agenda, but to no avail due to Democrat infighting, Breitbartreported.

The president disappointed the far-left Democrats when he admitted at the meeting that his negotiations with two key Democratic centrists, Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), had done little to win their support for his $3.5 trillion goal for domestic spending package.

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