First Lady Jill Biden visits Intel’s Chandler factory to highlight education as part of Arizona tour
PHOENIX – First lady Jill Biden visited Arizona highlight vocational training and cancer treatment programs, two political priorities mentioned by the president Joe Biden in his first State of the Union address.
The first lady’s trip to Phoenix and Tucson on March 7-8 was announced by White House officials last week.
“This trip will focus on uniting Americans around issues with bipartisan support, like job training and ending cancer as we know it,” according to the White House.
The first lady visited the Intel factory during the Phoenix shutdown
On March 7, the first lady landed at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport just before 1:00 p.m. Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego greeted her before the first lady was taken to tour the Intel plant in Chandler.
The stop was intended to highlight Intel’s partnership with Maricopa Community Colleges. The Biden administration’s U.S. bailout funded part of the program that educates students seeking careers in semiconductors and manufacturing.
Jill Biden spoke at a fundraising event for the Democratic National Committee in Chandler before heading to Tucson on Monday evening.
First lady touts Biden cancer initiative during visit to Tucson
Jill Biden has touted her husband’s efforts to eradicate Cancer and the Biden administration’s efforts to improve health care for Native Americans during a Tuesday stop at the Tohono O’odham Nation outside Tucson.
Biden met with tribal health officials and leaders from the University of Arizona Cancer Center, who discussed their joint efforts to improve cancer screening and treatment among Native Americans.
“You’re doing a great job because you’re going to rural areas and reaching people,” Biden said. “And that’s what we need. So amazing. I mean, really, it’s inspiring.”
She was joined by US Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra. Later, Biden visited Mission San Xavier del bac, founded by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692.
“Oh, it’s amazing. It’s beautiful,” Biden said as he entered.
The elders welcomed the first lady to the tribal lands with a traditional blessing, and a group of women performed a dance that honors the tribe’s tradition of basket weaving.
Biden commemorated International Women’s Day in the backyard of Tucson Mayor Regina Romero, where the first lady said she thought of the women in Ukraine who were fighting to protect their country from Russian invaders as well as to the women in Russia who courageously protested against the war.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
First Lady Jill Biden delivers remarks to Air Force personnel and their families, Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)
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