Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on email@example.com
United States President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday said Donald Trump will likely go down “as one of the most irresponsible presidents in American history.”
Speaking with reporters in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden said it was “totally irresponsible” for President Trump to continue to obstruct the incoming administration by not providing needed data to battle the raving coronavirus that has killed more than a quarter of a million people.
Biden said there was no reason why his team does not have access to information needed to distribute the vaccine and to vaccinate the general public next year after he takes office on January 20, 2020.
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Biden said Trump’s behavior or his attempt to overturn election results is sending a “horrible” message to the world about the United States.
“Vice President-elect Harris and I just concluded a video call with the Executive Leadership of the National Governors Association, a bipartisan group of governors. They’ve had to make tough calls during this unprecedented crisis. And we are grateful for everything they’re doing to keep people safe.
“Unfortunately — because of the lack of ascertainment by the GSA — my transition team hasn’t been able to get access to the information we need to be able to deal with everything from testing and guidance to the all-important issue of vaccine distribution and vaccination plan. We haven’t been able to get into Operation Warp Speed,” Biden said in remarks before taking questions from reporters.
Even as President Trump continues to obstruct him, Biden has continued to move ahead, focusing on COVID-19 and the economy.
On Thursday, he met with Democratic and Republican governors to discuss their response to COVID-19 and plan for a cooperation between states and the federal government.
On Friday, November 20, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will meet with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer in Wilmington, Delaware.