Joe Biden slams Donald Trump’s refusal to start transition is ILLEGAL saying president ‘must know’ he has lost and saying: ‘It’s hard to fathom how this man thinks’
- President-elect Joe Biden spoke to the media after meeting virtually with governors
- He said Trump administration’s failure to share data on distribution of a vaccine would ‘put lives at risk’
- Did not indicate he would sue, saying it might not accelerate things much
- He spoke as Trump’s lawyers alleged ‘massive’ fraud without evidence and Trump seeks to cultivate state legislators who certify votes
- ‘I’m confident he knows he hasn’t won’
President-elect Joe Biden suggested President Donald Trump’s refusal to allow for a formal transition to begin is illegal and called the 45th president’s actions ‘hard to fathom.’
Biden measured his words and took long pauses when asked about Trump’s actions – minutes after Trump’s legal team came out to allege a ‘massive’ election fraud after efforts to get courts to toss out hundreds of thousands of votes in Philadelphia and Detroit.
He also got asked about the administration’s refusal to reach a formal assessment that Biden is the winner, which would commence a formal transition with meetings between Biden’s aides and agency staff.
President-elect Joe Biden, accompanied by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, speaks at The Queen theater, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
‘I just – It’s hard to fathom how this man thinks,’ Biden said. ‘It’s hard to fathom. I’m confident he knows he hasn’t won. I just you know, far from me to question his motive but it’s just outrageous what he’s doing,’ he said.
Biden, who spent decades in the Senate, regularly cites his own rule about questioning rivals’ motivations. He spoke on a day when Trump’s motives are not in much doubt: he wants to peel away states that went for Biden to try to erase his 306 vote win in the electoral college.
‘What the president’s doing now is really it’s going to,’ he said, his voice trailing off. He called it ‘another incident where he will go down in history as one of the most irresponsible presidents in American history.’
Then he called it ‘not even within the norm at all. There’s a question whether it’s even legal.’
Biden said the administration’s refusal to meet with his team about COVID-19 and planning for distribution of a vaccine would ‘put lives at risk.’
Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani speaks during a press conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC, on November 19, 2020. Giuliani is alleging a massive fraud and sketched out a conspiracy involving Democratic cities, Venezuela, China, and Biden
He specifically mentioned Trump’s ‘Operation Warp Speed’ designed to get vaccines produced and distributed quickly.
‘There is no excuse not to share the data and let us begin to plan,’ he said.
‘It’s going to take us time if we don’t have access to all of this data. It’s going to put us behind the 8-ball by a matter of a month or more,’ he predicted.
Biden gave brief remarks after he met virtually Thursday with a bipartisan team of governors, and complained about being shut out of the transition on a day when President Trump’s lawyers revived their unsupported claims of ‘massive fraud’ in the election.
‘Unfortunately, my administration hasn´t been able to get everything we need,” Biden complained in a video conference with the National Governors Associatio’ss leadership team.
It was a bipartisan group of five Republicans and four Democrats.
Included were Govs. Charlie Baker (R-Mass.), Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), Chair, Gary Herbert (R-UT), Larry Hogan (R-MD), Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.), Co-Chair, Kay Ivey (R-AL), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), Jared Polis (D-CO), Gretchen Whitmer (D-WI), and John Carney (D-DE)