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Biden urges Americans to be safe amid pandemic; Trump pardons ex-aide

President-elect Joe Biden urged Americans to take steps to remain safe as COVID-19 cases surge on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday and pledged again to make combating the pandemic a top priority when he takes office in January

11/26/2020 1:40:00 AM

President-elect Joe Biden urged Americans to take steps to remain safe as COVID-19 cases surge on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday and pledged again to make combating the pandemic a top priority when he takes office in January

President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday pleaded with Americans to take steps to remain safe over the Thanksgiving holiday as COVID-19 cases soar, while President Donald Trump pardoned a former aide who had twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

“I know the country has grown weary of the fight. We need to remember - we’re at war with the virus, not with one another,” Biden said as he urged Americans to forgo the type of big family gatherings normally associated with Thursday’s holiday, wear protective masks and maintain social distancing.

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The Democratic former vice president again said he would take immediate steps to address the coronavirus pandemic on taking office on Jan. 20. Biden accused Trump during the campaign of panicking and surrendering in the face of a public health crisis.

Shortly after Biden spoke, Trump pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the former Russian ambassador in Washington. It marked the latest instance in which Trump used his power of executive clemency to benefit a friend or associate. headtopics.com

More than 261,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, with the daily toll on Tuesday surpassing 2,000 for the first time since May, as infections and hospitalizations surge nationally. The United States leads the world in COVID-19 cases and deaths.Biden said the United States faced “a long hard winter” but that it was during the most difficult circumstances that “the soul of our nation has been forged.” He said he hoped the recent positive news on vaccine development - the first shots potentially could be made available to some Americans within weeks - would serve as incentive for people to take simple steps to get the virus under control.

Slideshow( 5 images )Since winning the Nov. 3 election, Biden has offered a message of national healing and reconciliation after Trump’s tumultuous term, while the Republican president still refuses to concede and falsely claimed again on Wednesday that the election was stolen.

Without mentioning Trump, Biden addressed the messy election aftermath.“Our democracy was tested this year,” Biden said. “In America, we have full and fair and free elections and then we honor the results. The people of this nation and the laws of the land won’t stand for anything else.”

ECONOMIC APPOINTMENTSBiden plans next week to name his choices for some key positions in his administration, including his economic team, communications director Kate Bedingfield said. They are expected to include former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen as U.S. Treasury secretary. headtopics.com

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Trump’s administration gave the green light on Monday to formal transition efforts even as he continues to challenge the election results by making unsubstantiated claims of voting fraud. Biden was expected to receive his first presidential daily intelligence briefing on Monday, Bedingfield said.

Slideshow( 5 images )Bedingfield added that Biden’s team had been encouraged by the “professional and welcoming response” of civil servants.Trump has waged a failed legal battle to overturn the election results. The outgoing president on Wednesday canceled a trip to accompany his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to a meeting of Republican state legislators in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where Giuliani repeated his unsubstantiated allegations of voting fraud.

But Trump spoke to the participants by speaker phone, repeating his debunked claims that the election had been stolen, drawing cheers from the partisan crowd.“This election was lost by the Democrats. They cheated. It was a fraudulent election,” Trump said, without offering evidence.

In addition to beating Trump by 306-232 in the Electoral College, Biden won the nationwide popular vote by more than 6.1 million votes over Trump.Bedingfield called the Gettysburg event “a sideshow.” State and federal officials have said there is no evidence of the type of large-scale fraud Trump claims. headtopics.com

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro rejected Trump’s claims.“The sitting president’s remarks today were devoid of reality,” Shapiro, a Democrat, said on Twitter. “The election is over. Pennsylvania has certified results & declared Joe Biden the winner of our Commonwealth. Lying through a cell phone at a fake hearing changes nothing.”

Additional reporting by Simon Lewis, Makini Brice, Alexandra Alper, Michael Martina, Susan Heavey and John Whitesides; Writing by Will Dunham; Editing by Scott Malone, Cynthia Osterman and Peter Cooney Read more: Reuters Top News »

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The Con supporters Zombies need to take more disinfectant injections to cure trumpcovid! Lol In 2017, ordinary citizen and lawyer Kathy Boockvar tweeted that Trump was “dangerously unfit” to be president. In 2019 she was appointed to Secretary of State of Pennsylvania, head of elections. That seems like an unbiased person for the job. 🤮

Every time he speaks I feel like he is about to fall to sleep - can he speak without a teleprompter? There is no president's elect right now. Not a president!!!! Sleepy Joe Voter fraud.... Here's a quick blast of videos from the last hour or so of the special off-site hearing from Republican Senators in Pennsylvania. Data Scientist from Delaware County told that 47 USB cards are missing with 50K votes. 2/

Treason is hard one to defend against. And he’ll be broke after all the attorneys fees. Wow this is about to get ugly for Joe and his family and the obummers Such a contrast in character with his predecessor, realDonaldTrump, who is being sued for rape, attempting an overthrow of a duly elected president, and ignoring a health crisis that is killing untold 1,000's of Americans.

Pennsylvania certification You aren’t a president or a president elect. Why are you behind the microphone? Joe Biden, sabe que la pandemia sigue latiendo fuerte en el mundo y que hoy por hoy, lo único que puede frenarla es la protección individual. Platitude Joe. Not my President President-Corrupt. In reality in 2021

I don't get it. Who is this adult? Where's the loudmouth? He was fun. No thanks Joe. Hospitals are AOK. Even NYGovCuomo just posted the graphic showing it’s Allll good. Turkey and 35 people. Whoop. Come on down Govna and NYCMayor We’re on the South Shore. Red zone. Bring it No no sir your FAKE networks stolen valor president...

Douchebag HYPOCRITES...every one of them. If you're concerned about your health please take care of yourself as you see fit, but no one is responsible for other people's health. What a terrible actor he is, the guy is a criminal. Thankfully Trump will be President for the next four years. Just sit back and watch the show

Even if you dislike Trump, you have to admit coming 4 years will be do boring regarding US politics. Get lost Biden you're finished .. bye bye .. Hahaja I’m Kamala’s running mate and you think I’m joking’ Lock him up! Not my president, could care less what he says or does Thank you President elect Biden for caring about each and every one of us and not golfing as our fellow Americans are grasping for air dying in agony while family members are destroyed in anguish of loss. All of us Democrats and Republicans - the virus is not partial.

Great thread for blocking Anti-Democracy assholes. The office of what Can we all make up offices now Americans must really like being lectured to by a corrupt, geriatric fraud GFY fakenews, fakepresident Not elected given by fraud If you like this video retweet it! If you can't stand Trump throw me a like and subscribe on youtube!