President-elect Joe Biden gave an extensive interview with NBC News. He insisted that his presidency will not be an "Obama's third term" and suggested that after he takes office, he will not open a criminal investigation into President Donald Trump.
Speaking to NBC Nightly News host Lester Holt on Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden also announced that he has not spoken directly to President Donald Trump since the election.
A day after a federal agency released a letter approving the transition, Biden described the Trump administration's transition efforts as "sincere."
"We immediately contacted the national security business across the board," said Biden. "And they are already working on my ability to receive daily briefings from the president … so I think we won't be as far off the curve as we thought we were in the past."
President-elect Joe Biden gave an extensive interview with NBC News and insisted that his presidency will not be a "third term for Obama."
Speaking to NBC Nightly News host Lester Holt on Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden also announced that he has not spoken directly to President Donald Trump since the election
"And I have to say the publicity has been sincere – it hasn't been frowned upon, and I don't expect it to be," he added.
Biden also responded to reports that he may not be ready to start a criminal investigation against Trump once he took office.
Last week, New Jersey Democratic Congressman Bill Pascrell called on the next DOJ to investigate "the entire Trump regime" for its "countless crimes."
Some Democrats want the investigation into President Trump to continue after he resigns. Do you support that? & # 39; Holt asked Biden.
Biden replied, "I'm not going to do what this president is doing and I'm going to use the Justice Department as my vehicle to insist that something happen."
“There are a number of research I've read about that are at the state level. There is nothing I can or can do about that, ”he added.
Biden also responded to reports that he may not be ready to start a criminal investigation against Trump once he took office
Attorney General Bill Barr can be seen above. "I'm not going to do what this president is doing and I'm going to use the Justice Department as my means to insist that something happen," Biden said
Biden also said his administration will not be "Obama's third term" because the world has changed so much during the Trump years.
"This is not a third term for Obama because … we are facing a completely different world than the Obama / Biden administration," he said. & # 39; President Trump has changed the landscape. It became America first, it was America alone. & # 39;
Biden said he spoke to world leaders after the election and described them as "upset" about his government.
& # 39; America is back. We're back at the head of the table. I've spoken to over 20 world leaders and they are all literally delighted and a little excited. America will reaffirm its role in the world and be a coalition builder, "said Biden.
When asked what priorities he would set after taking office in January, Biden vowed to take a route to citizenship for all illegally living in the country.
"I will commit in the first 100 days. I will send an immigration bill to the US Senate with a route to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people in America," he said.
"This is not a third term for Obama because … we are facing a completely different world than the Obama / Biden administration," said Biden. Above he can be seen with Obama in 2015
Biden said climate change and immigration would be a priority for its first 100 days
Republicans currently control the Senate and could block such efforts unless the Democrats manage to win both Georgia seats in a January runoff.
Biden said climate change would remain a priority for his first 100 days in office and that he wanted to undo various executive orders that "have a significant impact on climate deterioration".
Earlier on Tuesday, Biden said he was about to access the President's daily briefing and his staff are speaking to Dr. Anthony Fauci on the coronavirus pandemic after the transition begins.
"They were very open-minded and open to everyone," Biden said of the federal officials after Emily Murphy, director of the General Services Administration, sent a letter that the transition process could officially begin.
The process has moved from waiting for warp speed to warp pace as the officers make up for lost time. It has been 16 days since the election was called and there are only 57 days to the inauguration.
Biden's transition team was in contact with all sectors of the federal government during the 24 hours that Murphy sent their letter to the president-elect. The team was not allowed to contact or access $ 6.3 million transitions without Murphy's consent.
Biden said his staff had worked with Dr. Anthony Fauci has spoken, but he hasn't personally yet
Legislators on both parties had asked the Trump administration to give Biden access to the President's Daily Briefing, the daily intelligence briefing, to ensure he was up to date on national security issues.
President Trump had to agree to Biden to get the information. Trump acknowledged that the GSA has started the transition process but continues to refuse to allow the election.
The date of the first briefing has not been set, but Biden told reporters he would receive the briefing regularly.
& # 39; It was offered. I didn't have it today. We'll do it regularly, ”he said.
Biden also said he would meet with Trump if the President asked him too. It is tradition that the outgoing president invites his successor to sit in the Oval Office.
"Of course I would if he asked," said the president-elect.
Biden and his team had argued that the delay in starting the transition process would affect their ability to fight the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 12.5 million Americans and killed more than 258,000 people.
Biden said his staff had already spoken to Fauci, the director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House's coronavirus task force, but he did not.
& # 39; My staff has. I didn't have a chance to talk to Dr. To speak to Fauci. He was very, very helpful, ”said Biden.
President-elect Joe Biden unveils key foreign policy and national security candidates in Wilmington, Delaware on Tuesday
Biden's team will also meet with the White House's Coronavirus Task Force shortly. It is unclear if this is the entire task force, which includes Vice President Mike Pence, or just some of the government officials – like Dr. Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx – would include who sit on the team.
Fauci would have a place on the coronavirus task force that Biden formed after the election victory, the president-elect said.
And Biden's task force has been pushing for access to the government's plan to distribute a COVID vaccine once one is approved – access will now be easier as the transition process has begun.
Biden told NBC News that federal government officials responded immediately after the GSA approved the transition process.
“We contacted the national security business immediately. From everywhere, ”he said in an interview with Lester Holt, which is broadcast on“ The Nightly News ”.
“You are already working on my ability to receive Presidential Daily Briefs. We are already working on a meeting with the COVID team in the White House. And how to not just distribute, but get from a distributed vaccine to a person who will be vaccinated. I think we won't be as far behind the curve as we imagined in the past. And there is a lot of immediate discussion and I have to say the public relations work has been sincere. It has not yet been frowned upon. And I don't expect it. So yeah, it's already started, ”observed Biden.
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About 20 meetings between transitional staff and federal officials took place on Tuesday, and more were planned in the coming days, a Biden transitional official told the Wall Street Journal.
Career government employees have been "responsive, receptive and helpful," said the transition officer.
Trump has reluctantly admitted the beginning of the transition process, but did not mention the election in either of his two public appearances on Tuesday.
Trump said Monday he had ordered Murphy to begin the transition "for the country's sake" and claimed he was certain he would win "the good fight".
And on Tuesday he recalled that the GSA will not make the choice.
"Remember, the GSA was great and Emily Murphy did a great job, but the GSA doesn't determine who the next President of the United States will be," he tweeted.
He also reminded Americans that he did not concede.
"I'm not admitting anything !!!!!", the President declared in a retweet that showed a photo of himself in the Oval Office next to the determined desk.