US election 2020: Biden says White House co-operation ‘sincere’
US President-elect Joe Biden has said outreach from the White House over the transition has been “sincere”.
“It has not been begrudging so far, and I don’t expect it to be,” he told NBC News in an interview.
He spoke as he unveiled his choice of top officials for when he takes over from Donald Trump in January.
Mr Trump finally agreed to allow the formal transition process to begin on Monday, nearly three weeks after
the presidential election.
Yet he still refuses to admit defeat, repeating unsubstantiated claims that the 3 November vote was “rigged”.
Immediately, we’ve gotten outreach from the national security shop to just across the board,
Biden said in an interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt. “And they’re already working out my ability to get
Presidential Daily Briefs. We’re already working out meeting with the COVID-19 team in the White House
and how to not only distribute but get from a vaccine being distributed to a person able to get vaccinated,
so I think we’re going to not be so far behind the curve as we thought we might be in the past.”
He added, “And I must say the outreach has been sincere — it has not been begrudging so far, and I don’t
expect it to be.” Biden, who said he has not spoken directly with President Donald Trump since the race
was called, said his administration will not be “a third Obama term,” because the world has changed so much
during the Trump years.