At a press conference after meeting with Republican and Democrat rulers – part of Biden’s efforts to work around the Trump administration’s denial of allowing his change team access to federal agencies, including those who’s denial of the Bavarian’s anti-virus ” The result, he said, was “an incredibly damaging message being sent around the world on how to practice democracy.”
“It’s hard to understand how this guy works,” Biden said. “It’s disgusting. What is he doing?”
Biden says he is moving forward with the formation of his administration, and has chosen the person appointed treasurer that he intends to announce before or after Thanksgiving.
“You will see that it is someone who will be recognized by all elements of the Democratic Party, from progress and moderate coalition governments,” Biden told reporters in Delaware.
The election of Biden may be the first cabinet secretary appointed by the president. His transition team focused on building senior White House staff, led by Chief of Staff Ron Klain. Klain told Wolf Blitzer’s CNN on Thursday that Biden’s team will announce the White House staff for further selection on Friday, and is continuing to interview the office prospects and make a decision.
Biden’s comments came after a free meeting with Republican and Democratic governors, where he discussed national antitrust measures, plans to distribute coronavirus vaccines and the need to help states with cash.
The meeting demonstrated how Biden is working around Trump, interacting directly with the states as the Trump administration continues to deny Biden transition teams access to federal agencies and their plans, including one in the event of a vaccine distribution.
Discussing his meeting on Thursday, Biden told reporters that the governor had expressed concern about how long it would take to extensively diagnose coronavirus and hoped to avoid similar delays when vaccines were ready for distribution.
“This is not a one-time meeting,” Biden said. “We agree that we will continue to meet with the governor on a regular basis; we will continue to seek their views.”
Biden, vice president, Kamala Harris, and Biden Group medical experts met as a dengue consultant, holding a virtual meeting on Thursday with 10 members of the National Executive Committee.
The list includes Republican Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Gary Herbert of Utah, Larry Hogan of Maryland, Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas and Kay Ivey of Alabama; Democrats are Andrew Cuomo of New York, Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, Jared Polis of Colorado, Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan and John Carney of Delaware.
The meeting showed that some Republican governors have accepted the fact that Biden won the election and will be sworn in on January 20, as the epidemic continues.
Mr Biden acknowledged Thursday that delays had hampered his transformation team, saying that without the signature of the GSA executives, “we would not have access to all the information we need to get from any organization.”
However, among the governors, Biden told reporters that there was a strong consensus on some issues, including the need to identify national barriers. “It’s not a political statement; it’s a patriotic one,” Biden said.
He also called on Congress to pass a law that would send money to the state, local governments and ethnic communities to help pay for important services and fund the National Guards.
“States and communities should not have to stop teachers, pastors, firefighters, and cut off important services for families and businesses,” Biden said.
“Parents are concerned about how long it will take to distribute coronavirus testing,” Biden said.
He said he did not see any situation where he would seek to close any national economic door.
“I will not shut down the economy, over time. I will shut down the virus. That is what I will shut down,” Biden said.
“There is no closure of any country, because every region, every region, every community can be different. And so there is no circumstance that I can see that it would require the closure of all national gates,” he said.
CNN’s Sarah Mucha and Kate Sullivan contributed to this report.