Joe Biden spent the week at his Delaware home carefully trying to build a government and preparing to take on a pandemic. President Trump largely kept to himself behind closed doors, at a mostly empty White House, tweeting.
WASHINGTON (AP) — One spent the week at his home in Delaware carefully trying to build a government and preparing to take on a pandemic. The other largely kept to himself behind closed doors...
WASHINGTON (AP) — One spent the week at his home in Delaware carefully trying to build a government and preparing to take on a pandemic.The other largely kept to himself behind closed doors at a mostly empty White House, angrily tweeting and using his office and allies to try to subvert the results of an American election in a dangerous breach of democracy.
If the differences between President-elect Joe Biden and President Donald Trump were not already clear, the days since the Nov. 3 election was decided have demonstrated the dramatically divergent ways in which each approaches the job of commander in chief.
ADVERTISEMENTTrump has largely abandoned governing, despite a pandemic that has now killed more than 250,000 people in the U.S. and is raging out of control. He has rejected the results of the election, concocted conspiracies that are now believed by his most loyal supporters and refused to allow his government to participate in the peaceful transition of power to the next administration while trying to pressure state legislators and election officials to overturn the will of the voters.
Denied the briefings, access to agencies and funding that are part of a traditional transition, Biden has nonetheless tried to move forward. He has named senior staff, decided on Cabinet members and attempted to glean information about policy and national security from former government officials and others, including governors, who have worked with the Trump administration.
At the White House, the West Wing was largely empty, with few staffers and little of the hustle and bustle typically seen in the tight warren of offices before the election and before yet another COVID-19 outbreak.The circle around the president has grown smaller in recent weeks. Staffers who normally would leap at the chance to set foot in the Oval Office now try to avoid it for fear of crossing a temperamental president who has been angrily demanding answers from aides as to how to further contest the election.
Even his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, has been forced to steer clear of the White House after the former New York mayor’s son, a White House staffer, announced he had tested positive for the virus. Rudy Giuliani has taken over the president’s legal efforts to contest the election, despite a lack of evidence behind those challenges.
Trump snapped at aides when he was told that Giuliani and the rest of his legal team could not meet at the White House on Friday after they, too, had been exposed. And he complained to confidants that Giuliani had embarrassed himself during a Thursday news conference when what appeared to be hair dye dripped down Giuliani’s sweating face as he asserted falsehood after conspiratorial falsehood about the results.
ADVERTISEMENTThe Trump West Wing, never a well-oiled machine, was even less organized than usual.Staffers in the press office, who control the White House briefing room, found out from reporters on Thursday that the coronavirus task force, led by Vice President Mike Pence, had scheduled a briefing there.
Trump finally made an appearance Friday to discuss prescription drug prices — an event he had demanded, to push back against the storyline that he was in hiding. But he again skirted reporters’ questions, as he has for more than two weeks now.Just beyond the White House gates, construction continues on the stands from which spectators will watch the inauguration parade in honor of President-elect Joe Biden in January.
Just about two hours’ drive away, in Delaware, Biden focused on the business of governing rather than social media or baseless claims of voter fraud. It was his second full week as president-elect.Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris gathered each day at a makeshift transition headquarters at a theater in downtown Wilmington where they held a series of virtual meetings.
They met with business and labor leaders Monday, national security experts Tuesday, front-line health care workers Wednesday, governors Thursday and the two most powerful Democrats in Congress on Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
“It was more of an information gathering meeting. They didn’t put forth any policies or say, ‘This is what we want to change,’” said GOP Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland, who participated in Thursday’s call that was focused on the coronavirus. “They were mostly listening mode.”
Indeed, the conversations, according to people familiar with their contents, were focused almost exclusively on the pandemic and how the Biden administration might try to stop the exponential spread of the disease immediately after his Jan. 20 inauguration — or even before.
Biden repeatedly called on congressional leaders to end their stalemate and pass a sweeping COVID-19 relief bill by year’s end.While at home, he was in regular contact with a small group of senior aides, including newly appointed chief of staff Ron Klain, to begin the complicated process of filling key administration posts. By Thursday, he had finalized his pick for treasury secretary. By Friday, he had announced more than a dozen senior White House hires.
He also made a series of thank-you calls to members of the disparate factions of the Democratic Party who had helped achieve his victory and whose continued support will be critical to rallying Americans behind his agenda.Biden did not completely ignore Trump.
Biden answered questions during two brief news conferences during the week, and both times, he condemned the Republican president’s unprecedented push to block his transition. But even in his criticism, Biden focused on the challenge of governing.He said Thursday that Trump’s intransigence was “another incident where he will go down in history as being one of the most irresponsible presidents in American history.”
“Let me choose my words here. I think they’re witnessing incredible irresponsibility, incredibly damaging messages being sent to the rest of the world about how democracy functions,” he told reporters.Asked what he would say to people concerned about Trump’s push to undermine the election, Biden had a simple message: “Hang on. I’m on my way.”Read more: The Associated Press »
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AP is a left wing media publication and dhould be boycotted Mr. Biden is wasting his time forming a government that will never exist he will not be president of the United States and I rebuke and bind every demon in his corruption in the name of Jesus I worked my back off in the cold and rain...im not impressed by either
Fake news. AP paid by Soros? Weird - I saw Trump give an hour to update on how he has passed legislation to decrease medication costs that at last align with most other countries and also allow pharmacists to give information on how customers can see cheapest cost. No reporting on this in msm and AP. Now i am fully cannot believe & have less respect to the republican for keep being part of the President's rhythm. I wonder if it is their party that they love and dedicated to or this country, the United States of America?!
Here is a man who would take on a job head forward. While facing obstacles from Republican in Senate control. Republican in Senate control still would continue to challenge people’s voices. Trump is in hiding as his mind continues to unravel. MY EXISTENCE HAS BEEN HIDDEN FROM THE WORLD I AM MARGINALIZED FOR MY DISABILITY ASSAULT AND PERMANENT DISFIGUREMENT AND A 15 YEAR RECOVERY since 2006 NOT PROSECUTED COVERED UP I WAS A CHILD It's FAILURE to PROTECT AND CRUELTY TO CHILDREN It's CONSPIRACY
Cool story, bro. Trump spent another week stamping his feet and shouting at people. 35 claims thtown out of courts of law all over the country wasting money & time whilst Americans struggle through a pandemic. This nasty dictator needs to go straight to jail. Just goes to show how stupid joe 'pedophile' biden is, the ' Office of the President-elect does not exist. Its something king hussain obama made up to feel special.
AP sucks. What pile you’ve become. What does Biden think he will do differently? Shut down the country? Oh but he is not President! 😂😂😂 Fake news Biased news reporting. 🖕 Biden did nothing just like his whole criminal life. The man can’t even tie his shoes. Can’t stay focused long enough to talk with out notes or a teleprompter he is a dead man walking
what a complete and utter loser Trump is and I don't mean the election, just in general. Spiteful vindictive, petty, no class, no soul, just a big empty bag of HATE. Soon Soon he will be gone. AP has turned to 100% 💩 Biden spent the week taking naps and drooling on himself. Those truly running the presidency spent the time figuring out which cabinet Members would be best at helping destroy the democracy of this country.
And realDonaldTrump golfed. Biden preparing to take on a pandemic? By the time he gets there, if he gets there, millions of doses of vaccine will have been rolled out thanks to the task force, pharma and the Trump administration. Spare us. He needs to since he is the president elect. If one thing is for sure about Trump’s action, by March when 400k deaths are predicted, Biden will blame Trump due to late transition.
LIERS!!! I PRAY EVER NIGHT THAT PEOPLE WRITE AT THE AP THIS FAKE BULL CRAP WILL GO BURN IN HELL!!!!!!! And golfing. CBoomerVazquez BidensGotThis You left out golfing. While trump throws Twitfits & plays the victim, hospitals are overflowing. 1000s more have died. He GOLFED instead of participating in G20. JoeBiden KamalaHarris are ready to work twd getting America out of this COVID hole. GSAEmily sign the damn papers!
Joe Biden can wait. President Trump still working for the people. And Golfing! Don’t forget his strong work on the greens! AP is just, (ASS PACKERS) of propaganda B.S. Journal nots who get all their information from Mr. BACKROOM FAX. The liberal media is the enemy of America But Trump plays golf and golfing...……..
Yeah! 😄👍 Georgia voters do you realize, Trump is laying a mine field in the financial sector that could destroy the economy and everyone’s retirement, 401k? The ONLY THING that can stop it IS to elect both DEM Senators or the GOP will let the economy COLLAPSE ! 🤬 Trump has been continually rewarded by the Republican Party for being a good brainwasher.
Meanwhile during the G-20 realDonaldTrump is - How will he take on the CCP that is hammering the US 24/7/365? Did a 3 rd grader write this lol omg Lost respect for you guys when you stopped reporting the news And golfing!! He’s gotten in 18 holes and tomorrow is another day. He better carefully tell China he won't have the money that he owes them!!!!
Biden comes at it like an actual President, and Trump was always just a showman. . . . meanwhile, current WH resident 'hero' golfs, grifts, and plays 'POUTUS' while G20 is conducting pandemic meeting. During a national health & economic crisis. Despicable. Never forget. Hurry, Jan 20, 2021. Hurry. BidenHarrisSavesAmerica
Trump doesn't wan to do the job nor does he give a damn about Americans. He only cares about himself. Thankfully he'll be gone in two months and we'll never have to hear about him again. I hope he's hated more than Nixon when this is all over. Avignon, Delaware. Joe Biden can't tie his shoes...eat shit
Biden is walking into the pandemic at the perfect time. He merely needs to let the system run. Perfect example of what’s wrong the media. He had a press conference about his plans to enact new rules and regulations to lower medication costs starting Jan 1st 🙄Media drama Let’s play President JoeBiden Almost over. The charade is up.
And tried to come up with witty headlines that show their bias in coverage. Elites. Coming. Down. You mad bro? Lol, wtf is this headline? DNC bullshit THIS IS SUCH GREAT JOURNALISM 👌 AP......clueless......who is paying you? Nice reporting. Journalism is dead. 🤡🤡 What would you have him do? Stumble around holding aloft a mask? In Europe, we locked down for 3+ months, are in lockdown again - countries mandated masks We've destroyed our economies You blame Trump for an incurable virus Warp Speed has delivered vaccines YESTERDAY
Biden needs to insist to governors in N.M. Ariz. Utah Nevada to come to the aid of the pandemic affected NAVAJO people. Because like everything else now Trump won’t That's code for 'Joe's back in the basement!' BE ADVISED: They didn't steal the election for Joe, they stole it for communist Kamala. Biden was the most plausible candidate who could appear to win. All they need now is 3 more months before they can get rid of him.
Don’t forget the golf.