Even as Donald Trump continued to cry foul over counting of votes and kept harping on election fraud, US President-elect Joe Biden took the first steps Sunday towards moving into the White House in 73 days.
Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris launched a transition website, BuildBackBetter.com, and a Twitter handle @Transition46.
— Biden-Harris Presidential Transition (@Transition46) November 8, 2020
Planning to file a string of lawsuits in the coming week, Trump tweeted, “Since when does the Lamestream Media call who our next president will be?”. Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said he had “a lot of evidence” of fraud.
Biden’s transition website – BuildBackBetter.com – lists four priority areas: COVID-19, economic recovery, racial equity and climate change.
“The team being assembled will meet these challenges on Day One,” it said in a reference to January 20, 2021, when Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States.
Biden plans to name a task force on Monday to tackle coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed more than 237,000 lives in the United States and continues to rage across the US.
He has also announced plans to rejoin the Paris climate accord and is expected to issue an executive order on his first day in office reversing Trump’s travel ban on mostly Muslim countries.
The second Catholic to be elected US President after John F. Kennedy, Biden attended the church Sunday morning in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. He also visited the graves of his son, Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer in 2015, and his first wife and daughter, who died in a 1972 car accident.
Meanwhile, The Trump campaign has mounted legal challenges to the results in several states. Giuliani told the Fox News show “Sunday Morning Futures” that Trump’s team would file a lawsuit in Pennsylvania on Monday against officials “for violating civil rights, for conducting an unfair election (and) for violating the law of the state.”
“The first lawsuit will be Pennsylvania. The second will either be Michigan or Georgia. And over the course of the week, we should get it all pulled together,” Giuliani said.
In conversation with CNN’s “State of the Union” programme on Sunday, senior Biden advisor Symone Sanders dismissed court challenges as “baseless legal strategies.”
In a victory speech on Saturday, Biden promised to unify the bitterly divided nation and reached out to Trump supporters, saying, “They’re not our enemies, they’re Americans.”
“Let’s give each other a chance,” he said. “Let this grim era of demonization in America begin to end, here and now.”