U.S. President-elect Joe Biden told the National Governors Association’s executive committee on Thursday he will be their partner in the White House against the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Biden told the governors who joined the meeting virtually he was aware they were facing another coronavirus surge as the holidays near, including “huge pressure on your hospitals.”
“You need help. I want you to know I will be your partner in the White House,” said Biden who attended the meeting with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
Biden described the meeting as “a bipartisan union”, adding “I want to hear from all of you.”
“I want to work with you and congress on a bipartisan basis to make sure you get what you need,” Biden promised the governors who joined the meeting virtually on a large screen.
Biden and Harris were updated on COVID-19 surges and heard about what support the governors would need from the White House after Biden takes the oath of office.
Dr. Vivek Murthy, Dr. David Kessler, and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, the co-chairs of the transition’s COVID-19 Advisory Board joined the meeting.
The governors in attendance include Governor Charlie Baker (MA), Governor Andrew Cuomo (NY), Chair, NGA, Governor Gary Herbert (UT), Governor Larry Hogan (MD), Governor Asa Hutchinson (AR), Co-Chair, NGA, Governor Kay Ivey (AL), Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM), Governor Jared Polis (CO), Governor Gretchen Whitmer (MI) and Governor John Carney (DE).