WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden is expected to give a thank-you speech from del Wilmington on Wednesday.
Biden’s White House transitional team said in a press release that the president-elect’s speech would touch on “the common sacrifices the Americans will make this holiday season” while conveying a message “that we can get through the current crisis together.”
Biden’s speech comes when coronavir virus cases continue to rise across the country, alarming some health officials that holiday trips and indoor gatherings could lead to more epidemics. The country is also facing an increase in food insecurity due to the impact of the virus, with food banks across the country reporting long lines ahead of the holiday.
The speech follows President Donald Trump’s traditional turkey pardon on Tuesday, when the outgoing president announced a record-breaking stock market but did not mention the record-high Covid-19 cases.
In other temporary news:
- Vice President Kamala Harris is expected to meet with transition advisers on Wednesday.
- Outgoing Senator Doug Jones, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates are considering serving as Attorney General in the Biden government, two sources familiar with the case told NBC News.
- Dr. Anthony Fauci said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he had contacted Ron Klain, Biden’s incoming White House chief of staff, now that the transition process was officially underway. “Nothing meaningful in terms of plans, but it just touched the base with me,” Fauci said.
- Moncef Slaoui, chief adviser to Operation Warp Speed, told “CBS This Morning” that his team had “not yet been in contact” with the Biden team, but expected these relationships to begin soon. “Secretary Azar said we are ready to discuss and, of course, share all the information we have, and we will be happy to do so,” he added.
- In an exclusive interview with Lester Holt on NBC News on Tuesday, Biden said the Trump administration had already begun to reach out to his transitional team and described the effort as “sincere” a day after a federal agency officially issued a letter on the transition to power.
- Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani is scheduled to appear before a legislative committee in Pennsylvania, where witnesses in the November election are expected to testify about fraud allegations.
- The president-elect on Tuesday introduced key members of his cabinet and national security team, including Secretary of State Antony Blinkent, Alejandro Mayorkas as Secretary of Homeland Security, Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence, and Linda Thomas-Greenfield as U.S. Ambassador. United Nations as Jake Sullivan as National Security Adviser and John Kerry Biden as Special Envoy for Climate Action.
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