US President-elect Joe Biden said the White House has so far been “sincere” in helping his transition to power.
He said in an interview,“It has not been begrudging so far, and I don’t expect it to be.”
What did Biden say?
Biden said that he did not yet speak to the president. But he said he did not expect the beginning of his term to be affected by the delay.
“It’s a slow start but it’s starting and there are two months left to go, so I’m feeling good about the ability to be able to get up to speed,” he said.
There were, he said, plans for him to meet the Covid-19 task force in the White House about vaccine distribution and access.
Mr. Biden can access important government officials and millions of dollars in funds. He can also get the Presidential Daily Brief – an update on international threats and developments.
Moreover, he also said that his time in office would not be a “third Obama term” because “we face a totally different world than we faced in the Obama-Biden administration”.
“America is back” and “ready to lead the world, not retreat from it”, he said.
He also told reporters he had discussed the Irish border issue with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other leaders.
Who are Biden’s selections?
His statement comes as he revealed his choice of top officials for when he takes office in January. He revealed his selections for six important posts:
- Antony Blinken, secretary of state.
- John Kerry, climate change envoy.
- Avril Haines, director of national intelligence
- Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of homeland security
- Jake Sullivan, White House national security adviser
- Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US ambassador to the UN.