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Biden and Trudeau discuss COVID
President-elect Joe Biden spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Monday afternoon, where the two discussed racial justice working to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a readout from the Biden transition team, the two discussed an array of issues, including combating climate change and collaborating on strengthening NATO. Biden “indicated that he looks forward to working closely” with Trudeau on these issues.
This is the first read out the Biden transition has released of the president-elect speaking with a global leader. On Saturday, Trudeau was quick to congratulate Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris after being projected as the winners of the election.
“I just spoke with @JoeBiden, and congratulated him again on his election. We’ve worked with each other before, and we’re ready to pick up on that work and tackle the challenges and opportunities facing our two countries – including climate change and COVID-19,” Trudeau wrote in a tweet.
“On these and other issues, President-elect @JoeBiden and I agreed to keep in touch and work closely together,” Trudeau added in a separate tweet.
— Rebecca Morin
Trump campaign adviser David Bossie tests positive for COVID-19
David Bossie, who was tapped just a few days ago to handle the Trump campaign’s legal efforts to challenge the results of the election, is the latest in the president’s orbit to test positive for the coronavirus.
Bossie’s diagnosis was reported on Monday just a few hours after news broke that Ben Carson, the Housing and Urban Development secretary, also had tested positive for COVID-19.
Bossie, 55, was recently in Phoenix, Arizona to participate in a press conference about election results, and has traveled to the campaign headquarters in Virginia several times in the last week. He was often seen not wearing a mask.
According to NBC News, Bossie tested positive on Sunday.
— Savannah Behrmann
McConnell: ‘Trump is 100% within his rights’ to challenge election results
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offered his strongest support yet in President Donald Trump’s quest to challenge the results of the presidential race, arguing the president is within his rights to take his fight to the courts and refrain from conceding.
“President Trump is 100% within his rights to look into allegations of irregularities and weigh his legal options,” the Kentucky Republican said on the Senate floor Monday. “If any major irregularities occurred this time of a magnitude that would affect the outcome, then every single American should want them to be brought to light. And if the Democrats feel confident they have not occurred, they should have no reason to fear any extra scrutiny.”
While McConnell backed Trump’s legal efforts, he did not echo the president’s baseless claims about voter fraud and Democrats breaking the law to steal the election from him. McConnell also did not back Trump’s claim that he was the winner of the presidential race, but he did voice support for the president’s refusal to concede.
“Let’s have no lectures about how the President should immediately, cheerfully accept preliminary election results from the same characters who just spent four years refusing to accept the validity of the last election,” he said.
McConnell’s speech marked the latest comments displaying the divide among Republicans over the results of the election. Some senators like Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine have congratulated Biden on his win, but others, like Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Ted Cruz of Texas have said the election had not been decided yet and backed Trump’s efforts.
— Christal Hayes and Ledge King
Georgia senators call on Secretary of State to resign
Georgia’s Republican senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue called on their state’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, to resign over his handling of the state’s close election.
Calling the management of Georgia’s elections “an embarrassment,” Loeffler and Perdue said “the Secretary of State has failed to deliver honest and transparent elections.
“He has failed the people of Georgia, and he should step down immediately,” said the senators.
Both Loeffler and Perdue are set to face Democrats Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock, respectively, in a January runoff election.
Perdue and Loeffler did not elaborate in their statement on what was dishonest or nontransparent about the election.
Raffensberger and the Secretary of State’s office have rejected claims of widespread fraud in the state’s elections.
Georgia’s voter implementation manager Gabriel Sterling told reporters Monday Georgia’s shift towards Democrats was not “overly surprising” to those who track the state’s politics.
There might be some irregularities found as the state tabulated results, he said, but it was “unlikely” it would make the difference in the presidential election.
Raffensperger said in a statement, although the senators had called for him to be fired, “that is not going to happen. The voters of Georgia hired me, and the voters will be the one to fire me.”
Raffensperger called the senators’ accusations of a lack of transparency in the election “laughable” and said while there might have been some illegal voting, it would not affect the outcome of the presidential election.
— Nicholas Wu
Pence declares that election ‘AIN’T over’
Vice President Mike Pence tweeted Monday that he is firmly behind efforts to keep counting “legal” votes as the Trump campaign tries to find a way to undo Joe Biden’s victory, which has been declared by media networks and recognized by a growing number of prominent Republicans.
“Told @VP Team Today: ‘it ain’t over til it’s over .. and this AIN’T over.!’ President @realDonaldTrump has never stopped fighting for us and we’re gonna Keep Fighting until every LEGAL vote is counted,” the vice president wrote in a tweet.
President Donald Trump’s legal team has argued, without merit, that several states – notably Pennsylvania – has counted ballots it shouldn’t have and prematurely awarded Biden the victory he needed to win the White House.
– Ledyard King
Sen. Susan Collins becomes third Republican senator to congratulate Biden on victory
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, became the third Republican senator to congratulate former Vice President Joe Biden on winning the presidential election, saying in a statement that Biden “loves this country, and I wish him every success.”
Collins, who was reelected to her fifth term in the Senate last week, said President Donald Trump “should be afforded the opportunity” to contest election results. Trump has refused to concede the election, and his campaign has announced plans to litigate election results.
The Maine Republican urged patience, saying “the process has not failed our country in more than 200 years, and it is not going to fail our country this year.”
Republican lawmakers have split over accepting Biden’s victory. Some senators like Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have also congratulated Biden, but others, like Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Ted Cruz of Texas have said the election has not been decided yet.
– Nicholas Wu
Joe Biden warns of a ‘very dark winter,’ implores Americans to wear masks
President-elect Joe Biden on Monday warned about a “very dark winter” to come as the COVID-19 virus continues to spread and implored Americans to wear face masks before a vaccine is available.
“There’s a need for bold action to fight this pandemic,” Biden said after holding his first meeting with a new COVID-19 advisory task force he assembled. “We’re still facing a very dark winter.”
Coronavirus cases are at an all-time high, topping 10 million overall cases after several days of more than 100,000 daily cases. More than 238,000 Americans have died from the virus, and Biden said projections show another 200,000 more could die in the coming months.
Biden, who has expressed support for a nationwide mask mandate enforced by state and local officials, said that although he won’t be sworn in as president until Jan. 20, his message is for everyone: “Just wear a mask for the next few months.”
“We could save tens of thousands of lives if people just wear their masks,” Biden said, calling it the “single most effective thing we can do to stop the spread of COVID” as the nation awaits a vaccine.
“Please, I implore you. Wear a mask. Do it for yourself. Do it for your neighbor. A mask is not a political statement, but it is a good way to start pulling the country together.”
Biden, who cleared 270 electoral votes Saturday to defeat President Donald Trump in the race for president, said his task force is working to implement his plan to fight the virus ahead of his inauguration. The group’s first meeting came after Pfizer and its collaborator BioNTech released early study results Monday indicating that their vaccine, BNT162b2, prevented more than 90% of infections with the virus that causes COVID-19.
“Even if it is approved,” Biden said, the vaccine won’t be available for “many months to come.”
He said his advisory board will “build on a bedrock of science” to make rapid testing more widely available, expand contract tracing, prepare for the deployment of a vaccine, develop the guidance for the reopening of schools and businesses and “ramp up” the deployment of personal protective equipment.
“This election is over. It’s time to put aside the partisanship and the rhetoric that’s designed to demonize one another,” Biden said. “It’s time to end the politicization of basic responsible public health steps like mask-wearing and social distancing. We have to come tougher to heal the soul of this country so we can effectively address this crisis as one country.”
– Joey Garrison
Defiant Trump tees off but doesn’t concede
President Donald Trump spent the weekend that saw his Democratic rival Joe Biden declared the election winner on the golf course, playing at his club in Northern Virginia both Saturday and Sunday, and refusing to concede the race.
“The simple fact is this election is far from over,” Trump said in a statement Saturday.
If Trump refuses to deliver a public concession speech or make a congratulatory call to Biden, it would break with 124 years of American history. Experts say it would also undermine the election results and exacerbate the nation’s political tensions, already laid bare by a bitter campaign and the extended, contested vote count.
“It will be truly harmful,” said William Howell, chair of the political science department at the University of Chicago. “Concession speeches are a kind of affirmation about the legitimacy of elections.”
– Deirdre Shesgreen
Biden unveils his COVID-19 advisers
President-elect Joe Biden unveiled Monday members of his COVID-19 advisory board and it includes Rick Bright, a former Trump administration whistleblower who resigned amid allegations his early warnings over the pandemic were ignored.
The task force, a group of public health experts – almost all doctors – will offer guidance to Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and their coronavirus staff as they prepare to take over the presidency. The board’s composition could be an indicator of the Biden administration’s intent to follow a more science-based coronavirus approach.
The revelation of the task force members comes as Pfizer released study results indicating that their vaccine, BNT162b2, prevented more than 90% of infections with the virus that causes COVID-19.
– Kim Hjelmgaard and Karen Weintraub
Kremlin holds off Biden congrats, cites ‘absolutely obvious’ difference from 2016
Russian President Vladimir Putin – whose government worked to “denigrate Former Vice President Joe Biden” during the campaign, according to U.S. intelligence – will hold off on congratulating the Democratic president-elect until the official result and “legal procedures” are completed, his spokesman told reporters Monday.
“We consider it correct to wait for the official results of the elections to be announced,” Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said, according to the Russian news agency Tass.
Putin sent Trump a congratulatory telegram after news media organizations projected him the winner in the early hours the day after the 2016 election, but Peskov told reporters there was an “absolutely obvious” difference from four years ago, citing “legal procedures that were announced by the incumbent president.”
In August, National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director William Evanina said Russia was “using a range of measures” during the campaign “to primarily denigrate former Vice President Biden” and ‘boost President Trump’s candidacy.”
– William Cummings
Clyburn: ‘Defund the police’ cost Dems seats, hurt Black Lives Matter movement
House Majority Whip James Clyburn criticized calls to “defund the police” during several media appearances on Sunday, saying that the phrase hurt Democratic congressional candidates and could potentially derail the Black Lives Matter movement.
Clyburn said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he’d spoken with the late Rep. John Lewis about the phrase this summer, the two concluding “that it had the possibilities of doing to the Black Lives Matter movement and current movements across the country what ‘Burn, baby, burn’ did to us back in 1960.”
Clyburn also cited calls to “defund the police” as a reason why Democrats lost races for Congress in the election, saying “these headlines can kill a political effort.” He pointed to the use of the slogan in political campaign ads against two fellow South Carolina Democrats: Rep. Joe Cunningham who was defeated after one term, and Jaime Harrison, who tried in vain to unseat GOP incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham.
– Matthew Brown
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