Possible President-elect Joe Biden says it is “hard to fathom” how President Trump thinks with his action and the refusal to authorize an orderly transition, saying this would mark his legacy as “one of the most irresponsible presidents in American history.”
“What the president’s doing now is really, it’s going to be another incident where he will go down in history as being one of the most irresponsible presidents in American history,” Biden said in response to a fictitious softball question that “immigrant Americans who came to the United States looking for political stability and are seeing all the things that the president is doing.”
“It’s just not even within the norm at all,” Biden added. “It’s hard to fathom how this man thinks. It’s hard to fathom. I’m confident he knows he hasn’t won and is not going to be able to win and we’re going to be sworn in on January 20th. But far for me to question his motive. It’s just outrageous what he’s doing”
Biden warned that Trump’s actions were “incredibly damaging messages are being sent to the rest of the world about how democracy functions.”
“It sends a horrible message about who we are as a country,” he added.
When asked why he hasn’t taken legal action to force the General Services Administration, which oversees the presidential transition for not formally kickstarting the transition process in order to gain access to briefings, Biden said he hasn’t ruled it out but played down attempting to take actions, saying they would “take a lot of time.”
Instead, he said he is depending mostly on his judgment to use every tool he has based on his years and experience in Washington D.C.
“It would take a lot of time,” Biden said. “It’s not going to speed it up considerably in my view. And in the meantime, I am hopeful that I’m going to be able to get cooperation from our Republican colleagues in the Senate and the House, as well as the governors to build a consensus as to how we proceed when we do.”
“I’m making a judgment based on many years of experience in how to get things done with the opposition,” Biden added. “My judgment is that we’ll get further along by actually working with our Republican colleagues now because the time in which we would win would not materially change necessarily. But it’s still an open question. It’s an open question. It could change.”
The remark from Biden comes after he held a virtual meeting with the National Governors Association’s executive committee, which is led by Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York, and Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson of Republican. 10 governors — five Democratic and five Republican in total participated in the virtual meeting where they discussed COVID issues.
The Republican and Democratic governors attending the briefing were Cuomo, Hutchinson, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, Colorado Governor Jared Polis, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Utah Governor Gary Herbert, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, and Delaware Governor John Carney.
During the meeting, Biden lashed out to governors on how he has not yet been able to gain access to information related to the pandemic, including the Trump administration’s plans for distribution of a coronavirus vaccine, but pledged to the governors that when he gets to the White House to help them in whatever crisis they need.
“I don’t see this as a red state issue or a blue state issue. I see this — all of us together,” Biden told the governors. “You need help. I want you to know I will be your partner in the White House.”
It was reported that Biden didn’t inform the governors on what he would do differently than Trump on the handling of the pandemic, instead, he just listened to their concerns which many said their priorities is the need for federal aid as their state’s budget continues to crumble.