Biden hits Trump for refusing to concede, says 'national mask mandate' discussed with govs

Posted 9 days ago


President-elect Joe Biden is taking aim at President Trump for refusing to concede the election and stalling the transition between adminstrations, saying he is being “totally irresponsible” and is sending an “incredibly damaging message” to the rest of the world.

Biden, while taking questions from reporters Tuesday after he and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris held a virtual meeting with a bipartisan group of governors, also revealed that he's decided on a Treasury secretary nominee and will make the announcement around Thanksgiving.

The president-elect called his choice “someone who I think will be accepted by all elements of the Democratic Party, from the progressive to the moderate coalitions."

Asked about the president’s invitation for a meeting with Republican legislative leaders from Michigan at the White House, Biden emphasized, “we won Michigan. It’s going to be certified.”

Trump is trying  to reverse Biden’s projected victories in that state and other key battlegrounds. Biden stressed, “it’s outrageous what he’s doing.”

The Biden-Harris meeting with the governors focused on the battle to combat the coronavirus pandemic, which has surged again across the nation in recent weeks with a spike in new cases. The nation passed a grim milestone  Wednesday, topping a quarter of a million COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic swept the country in February and March.

Biden said that an “implementation of a national mask mandate” was discussed. “It’s not a political statement. It’s a patriotic duty.”

The meeting took place as Republican Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire became the latest governor to issue a mask mandate. New Hampshire became the 37th state implementing such a mandate.

The president-elect also reaffirmed, “I am not going to shut down the economy. Period. I’m going to shut down the virus. That’s what I’m going to shut down. I’ll say it again - no national shutdown. No national shutdown.” He added that shutting down the economy “would be counterproductive."

Fox News, other news networks and the Associated Press, projected nearly two weeks ago that Biden would win the state of Nevada and the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which would give the Democratic presidential nominee the electoral votes needed to defeat Trump and become president-elect. But Trump has yet to concede, as he hopes that a spate of apparent longshot lawsuits he’s filed and a couple of recounts in key states will reverse Biden’s victory.

The president on Sunday tweeted, "I concede NOTHING! We have a long way to go." And on Monday the president claimed on Twitter that “I won the Election!” On Wednesday he reiterated on Twitter that “I WON THE ELECTION” and charged that there was “VOTER FRAUD ALL OVER THE COUNTRY!”

General Services Administration chief Emily Murphy, who was appointed by Trump, has yet to sign a letter of “ascertainment,” which until now was a mostly controversy-free process of declaring the winner of the White House race. The document gives the president-elect's transition team access to the federal agencies and money to fund the transition.

Biden said the world was "witnessing incredible irresponsibility" by the president. He charged that "an incredibly damaging message is be... (Read more)