The Latest: Biden says split Congress affects Cabinet picks

WASHINGTON (AP) – The latest on President-Elect Joe Biden (all local times):

7:15 pm

Some of Joe Biden’s former Senate colleagues hoping for a seat on his administration may be unlucky.

The president-elect said in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt that he was less likely to elect a member of Congress to his cabinet due to the narrow margins in the Senate and House of Representatives. Choosing a person in either chamber, “especially one with consistency,” he said, “is a really difficult decision to make.”

Biden announced his first cabinet nominations Tuesday, all veterans of the Obama administration. But he insisted in the interview that his term should not be seen as a “third Obama term in office” because “we are facing a completely different world than in the Obama-Biden administration” after President Donald Trump promoted the policy of isolation Has. At the unveiling of his national security team, Biden promised to “restore America globally”.

The president-elect was also optimistic about his transition after the roadblocks put in place by the Trump administration were removed. He says “it’s a slow start” but “I feel good about being able to keep up with what’s going on” and expects the Trump administration to “work fully together” on the transition.

Biden will have a Wilmington, Delaware, Thanksgiving address on Wednesday before heading to his vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, where he will vacation with his family.



President-elect Joe Biden officially introduced his national security team to the nation and built a team of Obama administration alumni to mark his departure from the Trump administration’s “America First” policies and a return to US engagement on the global stage Stage signals.

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Here’s what else is going on:

5:45 pm

President-elect Joe Biden says the shift in power “has already started” and that he believes his team “will not be as far behind the curve as we thought we could be in the past.”

He says, “There is a lot of direct discussion and I have to say the publicity has been sincere. So far it has not been frowned upon. And I don’t expect it. So yes, it has already started. “

Biden made the comments in a Tuesday night interview on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.

President Donald Trump continues to sow doubts about the November 3 election outcome and has not officially admitted, but his administration is increasingly preparing for the handover. The General Services Administration gave the go-ahead for the transition to begin on Monday evening.

According to Biden, the teams are already working to give him access to the Presidential Daily Brief and schedule a meeting between his staff and the Trump administration team that is overseeing the coronavirus response.


5:25 pm

President-elect Joe Biden will receive regular classified briefings after the Trump administration removes a major roadblock from his transition.

Biden told reporters in Wilmington, Delaware, Tuesday that, despite being offered, he has not yet received the Presidential Daily Letter, the letter about the most sensitive information offered to senior US officials.

Biden was prevented from obtaining information and his team had been banned from contacting his counterparts in the Trump administration because the General Services Administration refused to determine that Biden had won the election pending legal Trump campaign Challenges pursued to contest the vote count. That finding finally came on Monday evening and lifted the barriers to collaboration.

Biden said he would now have the briefing “regularly”. Since the discovery, he said, Trump administration officials “have been very accommodating and open to everyone.”

Biden also said that he has not yet met Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, but that his staff did so and that he was “very, very helpful”.


4:05 pm

President Donald Trump has decided to give his successor access to the nation’s most secure secrets.

A government official said Tuesday that Trump enabled President-elect Joe Biden to receive the President’s Daily Briefing, the high-ranking briefing prepared by the country’s intelligence community for the highest government leaders.

The official said the logistics of when and where Biden will receive the briefing for the first time are still being worked out.

The decision comes a day after the General Services Administration cleared the way for formal transition planning to begin with the Biden Administration prior to his inauguration on Jan. 20.

Trump continues to sow doubts about the November 3 election outcome and has not officially admitted, but his administration is increasingly preparing for the handover.


2:50 pm

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said his agency was working to immediately provide informational materials to President-elect Joe Biden’s team and promised a “professional, collaborative, and collaborative” transition to the new administration.

Azar said in a press conference Tuesday that Deputy Surgeon General Rear Admiral Erica Schwartz began communicating with Biden’s team on Monday evening.

That notice was triggered by the chief of General Services Administration on Monday when he wrote the required “letter of inquiry” recognizing Biden as the obvious winner of the November 3rd election.

Azar said his department would feed briefings team with Biden’s team to ensure they received information they deem necessary and consistent with law and practice.


14 o’clock

President-elect Joe Biden says his creation of a high-level climate post on the National Security Council will put climate change “on the agenda in the situation room” for the first time.

Biden spoke to reporters Tuesday after appointing former Secretary of State John Kerry as his climate officer for national security.

According to Biden, the appointment means the US will have a “full-time climate leader” for the first time in high-level meetings to ensure the problem is not overlooked.

Biden’s focus on curbing fossil fuel emissions that cause global warming and managing worsening natural disasters and other climate change issues is in stark contrast to the views of President Donald Trump. Trump has said scientists were wrong in their warnings about global warming.

Biden says he will announce a climate policy coordinator and a policy-making structure for his administration next month.


1:35 pm

President-elect Joe Biden says he is “pleased” that his administration has officially started the transition process to fill a new government.

Biden said Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware, that obtaining transitional “investigative” status would allow his team to “prepare for the challenges ahead” when it comes to transferring power from the Trump administration to their own.

Late Monday, the General Services Administration “stated” that Biden was the apparent winner of this month’s presidential election. This process gives the new president and his team access to federal officials and directs the Justice Department to work on security clearances for Biden transition team members and political officers.

Biden spoke as he rolled out his selection to fill the best national security posts in his cabinet, including foreign minister, national security advisor and a new cabinet-level post dedicated to climate change. He hoped his candidates would get an immediate verification process.


1:20 pm

President-elect Joe Biden says his national security team will lead the way in bringing “America back” on the world stage.

Speaking Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden said his team “would embody my core beliefs that America is strongest when it works with its allies”.

In introducing his national security picks, including top positions for the State Department and Department of Homeland Security, Biden said the nominees show “experience and leadership, fresh thinking and perspective, and a relentless belief in America’s promise.”

The State Department alone has seen a significant number of departures from its higher and rising middle ranks during the Trump administration. Many diplomats have chosen to retire or leave the international service because their prospects for advancement under an administration they believed did not value their expertise were limited.


1:10 p.m.

A leading Republican political committee has launched an advertising campaign to warn that Liberals in Washington will “control everything” if a Senate Democratic candidate wins a Georgia runoff in January.

The choice of words is noteworthy as it implies that President Donald Trump was defeated by Joe Biden. The fact is that Trump refused to acknowledge it more than two weeks after the Democratic election, and many top Republicans also declined to admit it.

The Senate Leadership Fund began broadcasting the ad Tuesday. It attacks Democrat Jon Ossoff who challenges incumbent GOP Senator David Perdue. The ad says that Ossoff supports the agenda of the “liberal megadonors”: “Tax increases to cut jobs, regulations to combat the economy”.

The ad says: “The radical left has bought Ossoff. Because if he wins, they control everything and we lose. ”

The spot aired the morning after the General Services Administration officially agreed to begin the transition to a Biden administration. The leadership fund is closely associated with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

There is also a second runoff election in Georgia, in which incumbent GOP Senator Kelly Loeffler will face Democrat Raphael Warnock.

Democrats must win both races in Georgia to win the Senate majority. That would create a 50:50 chamber that the Democrats would control because Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would cast the vote.

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