By Steve PEOPLES and Will Wussert, Associated Press
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) – “To get the right to work”, President-Elect Joe Biden refused to accept President Donald Trump’s election result as “inconsistent”, warning Democrats elsewhere that The actions of the Republican president were dangerous.
Raising unsupported claims of voter fraud, Trump has barred the incoming president from receiving intelligence briefings and intended to help facilitate the transfer of power to federal funding. Resistance to Trump, supported by senior Republicans in Washington and around the country, could prevent background checks and security clearances for potential staff and reach federal agencies to discuss the transition plan.
As some Democrats and former Republican officials warned of dire consequences, Biden on Tuesday sought to lower the national temperature as he addressed reporters from a temporary transition headquarters near his home in downtown Willington.
Biden described Trump’s position as little more than an “embarrassing” mark on the outgoing president’s legacy, while predicting that Republicans on Capitol Hill would eventually accept the reality of Biden’s victory. Republican resistance, Biden said, “does not change the dynamic at all in what we are capable of.”
The additional intelligence briefing “would be useful,” Biden said, “but we don’t see anything slow.”
The measured comments come as Biden prepares to confront national crises that endanger health, safety, and economic security despite the political debate of millions of Americans. Coronavirus infections, hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise, the economy faces the prospect of long-term damage and the country’s political and cultural divisions may worsen.
Biden is betting that his less critical approach and bipartisan outreach – a sharp reversal from the current president’s style – will help him govern Day One effectively. But just two months before Biden’s inauguration, Trump and his allies were determined to make their transition as difficult as possible.
From his Twitter account on Tuesday, Trump again raised unsupported claims of “massive ballot abuse” and predicted he would eventually win the race he had already lost. His colleagues on Capitol Hill, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have encouraged unfounded allegations of the president. Trump’s tweets were increasingly marked by social media networks as disputed claims of electoral fraud.
There is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election. In fact, election officials from both political parties have publicly stated that the election went well, and international observers confirmed that there was no serious irregularity.
The issues Trump’s campaign and his allies have pointed to are specific in every election: signatures, confidentiality envelopes and postage marks on mail-in ballots, as well as the possibility of a small number of ballots being lost or lost. Under Biden Trump’s leadership with wide margins in major battlegrounds, none of those issues will have any impact on the outcome of the election.
America’s allied countries began to accept what Trump would not do.
French President Emmanuel Macron met with Biden via videoconferencing. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, among six world leaders overall, congratulated Biden on his election.
“I look forward to strengthening partnerships between our countries and working with them on our shared priorities to tackle climate change, promote democracy and build better out of the epidemic,” Johnson wrote on Twitter. “Build back better” is a slogan that is common between Biden and the British government.
Meanwhile, Biden tried to focus on health care amid the worst health crisis in more than a century. Former surgeon general Vivek Murthy, one of Biden’s chief coronavirus advisers, briefed Senate Democrats on his weekly virtual lunch on Tuesday.
At the first closed-door meeting, the Biden transition officer addressed the Democrat Senate caucus after last week’s election.
In an afternoon speech, Biden made a staunch defense of the Affordable Care Act, hours after the Supreme Court heard arguments on his merits. The High Court ruled eight years ago to uphold essential components of the law known as “Obamacare”, but Trump and his Republican colleagues have overturned it.
If 6-3 conservative courts eventually agree with the GOP, millions of Americans may lose their health care coverage. While Tuesday’s arguments suggest that the court is unlikely to repeal the entire law, the prospect added new weight to an already heavy burden, inherited from the outgoing administration.
“It’s a law that saved lives and spared countless families from financial ruin,” Biden alleged. He vowed to work with Congress to strengthen health care legislation “as soon as possible.”
For now, Republicans on Capitol Hill, like those in the Trump administration, are showing no desire to cooperate with a Biden administration.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo predicted on Tuesday that Trump would have a smooth transition to power for another four years. And McConnell largely supported Trump’s approach: “As far as electoral college votes, whoever is running for office can end the concerns.”
Biden spent a lot of time working with Vice-President Kamala Harris in a theater near her home on Tuesday. They are expected to name a Chief of Staff as soon as possible and start considering cabinet appointments, although those prospects will not be finalized for weeks.
Republicans are increasingly eyeing a December deadline to publicly accept the election result, giving Trump the time and space to end his legal challenges. This is when states face a deadline to certify the results and the voter sets a December 14 deadline for the college to cast its vote. It is also around the same time that Republicans began to resolve the 2000 electoral dispute between George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore.
George W. Senior officials in the Bush administration warned, however, that problems were caused by delays after the 2000 competition.
Specifically, led by Trump-appointed Administrator Emily Murphy to formally recognize Biden’s victory, Biden’s team is calling on the General Services Administration. Until this happens, Biden will not receive comprehensive security briefings, transaction funding or the power to communicate with agencies.
Virginia Democrat of Virginia led the Obama administration’s transition to the Department of Commerce. Don Baird said, “Administrator Murphy’s refusal to trace Biden’s victory in the presidential election to the 2020 election puts American lives at risk.”
Former Republican officials agreed.
Former Rep. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mix, said, “Our allies are not waiting for the transition to take place. This is to say that Biden immediately starts receiving the president’s daily briefing.” It’s about politics No; it’s about national security. “
Meanwhile, Biden was not worried.
He answered many questions during his first press talk as president-elect, almost all of them focused on the Republican Party’s refusal to accept his victory.
“I think it’s an embarrassment, quite frankly,” Biden said.
People reported from New York. AP writer Mary Clare Jalonic, Lisa Muscaro, Alexandra Jaffe and Deb Reichman contributed to Washington.
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