US President-elect Joe Biden and President Donald Trump’s war of words is only getting shriller by the day. In a fresh attack on Trump, Biden has now said that if Trump delays handover, there is there is a risk of more COVID-19 deaths.
Ratcheting up pressure on Trump administration to engage in a transition of power, Biden said if the new team faces further delays in working with federal agencies, it could lead to dire consequences.
“More people may die if we don’t coordinate,” Biden said during a news conference in Wilmington, Del., following remarks on the economic fallout of coronavirus pandemic in which he warned of a “very dark winter” where “things are going to get much tougher before they get easier.”
Tune in as I deliver remarks on our economic recovery and how my administration plans to build back better in the long term. https://t.co/JOoK9xBRm1
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 16, 2020
“Right now, Congress should come together and pass a COVID relief package like the HEROES Act that the House passed six months ago. Once we shut down the virus and deliver economic relief to workers and businesses, then we can build back better than ever before,” Biden said.
Pointing out that Vice President-elect Kamala Harris still has access to classified intelligence briefings as she continues to be a Senate Intelligence Committee member whereas he doesn’t have access, Biden said, “I am hopeful that the president will be mildly more enlightened before we get to January 20. I find this more embarrassing for the country than debilitating for my ability to get started.”
Biden’s comments come on a day when Trump tweeted “I Won”.
I won the Election!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2020
The Trump administration has also instructed senior government leaders to block any cooperation with Biden’s transition team.
Biden also spelt out on Monday how global leaders and the Pope had called him up and congratulated him. “They’re calling with some degree of enthusiasm – everyone from the Holy Father to prime ministers across the globe. So we’re moving along knowing what the outcome will be,” he said.
The biggest challenge that Team Biden is facing on account of Trump administration’s non cooperation is the inability to plan and chalk out a roadmap for distribution of the coronavirus vaccine since it involves close coordination with crucial government departments including Health and Human Services and Defense.
“A vaccine is important. It’s of little use until you’re vaccinated. So how do we get over 300 million Americans vaccinated? What’s the game plan? It’s a huge, huge, huge undertaking to get it done,” Biden said.