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Biden Calls Transition Pushback by Trump Administration 'Totally Irresponsible'

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By    |   Thursday, 19 November 2020 05:10 PM

Joe Biden on Thursday said a delay in the transition by the administration of President Donald Trump to a Biden administration is “totally irresponsible,” even as the White House coronavirus task force touted its efforts to control the virus.

In a news conference after a meeting with a bipartisan group of the nation’s governors, Biden warned the “country is still in a crisis and there’s a dark winter ahead.”

“We can do this, but we have to come together as a country,” he said.

But pressed on his response to the lack of Trump administration cooperation with the transition process, including information about the coronavirus efforts, Biden was damning.

“It’s totally irresponsible,” he said, adding: “It sends a horrible message about who we are.”

He was similarly critical of Trump extending a White House invitation to Michigan state lawmakers in an apparent bid to overturn the results of the election in the state, which Biden won.

“There’s questions whether it’s even legal,” he said, calling the move “outrageous.”

“It’s hard to fathom how this man thinks,” he added.

Americans are “witnessing incredible irresponsibility” in the way the Trump administration is handling the transition, he said, warning, the defiance sends “incredibly damaging messages…to the rest of the world about how democracy functions."

Biden also said his administration would mandate mask wearing nationwide, but would not order a national lockdown to deal with the troubling rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Instead, he said he would look at “targeted” mitigation aimed at businesses.

In a meeting minutes after Biden’s remarks, Vice President Mike Pence praised efforts so far to contain the virus and clear the way for a COVID-19 vaccination.

“We know what to do,” task force leader Dr. Deborah Birx said, emphasizing the wearing of face masks and testing.

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