WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden is scheduled to hold a virtual roundtable on Wednesday with workers and small businesses struggling with the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus epidemic.
Biden is scheduled to attend the event from Wilmington, Delaware; the meeting follows an official presentation by its economic policy team on Tuesday, which includes the election of Janet Yellen as treasury secretary.
The President-elect will adopt the President’s Day briefing at the beginning of the day, which is also planned by President-elect Kamala Harris. The briefings, which began on Monday, contain high-level intelligence and analysis on a number of national security issues.
- An interim official tells NBC News that Biden may announce his health team next week, including the management of the Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, and the coronavirus response from the incoming administration. Jeff Zients, who led former President Barack Obama’s National Economic Council and co-chair of Biden’s transition team, is the contestant leading the latter.
- As NBC previously reported, former Obama surgeon Vivek Murthy, a senior contender for the HHS secretary, as well as Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, claims a temporary official. But New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham was not at the top of the list, according to sources familiar with the matter.
- For the education secretary, Sonja Santelises, CEO of the Baltimore Public School System, and Linda Darling-Hammond, a professor at the Stanford School of Education, have been heavily considered, a transitional official said. The selected list also includes leaders of educators ’unions, former president of the National Education Association, Lily Eskelsen García, and leader of the American Teachers Association, Randi Weingarten, NBC News previously wrote.
- Two cases who know the case, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is the best choice for running a small business administration. According to sources, the SBA administrator will be placed in a cabinet-level position in the incoming administration.
- Instead of attending Biden’s inauguration and swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20, President Donald Trump is considering announcing a 2024 campaign to recapture the White House.
- Trump referred to a 2024 presidential race Tuesday night at the White House Christmas party, which was attended by many members of the Republican National Committee, the Associated Press writes.
- On Wednesday, Biden filled senior members of the inaugural committee with former campaign communications and financial assistants, including Pili Tobart, the incoming communications director of the White House, and Katie Petrelius, former campaign finance director.
- Former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale, who was laid off in July and eventually left his home in Florida in September following a police incident, gave his first interview to Fox News on Tuesday after his resignation. He said Trump’s biggest mistake was treating the coronavirus, saying, “I thought we needed to have public empathy. I think people are scared.
- Trump discussed the possibility of issuing a pardon to his family members and some of his close associates, several sources familiar with the case told NBC News.
- Federal investigators are investigating a possible “bribery for grace” program involving presidential pardons, according to federal court documents uncovered on Tuesday by the Chief Justice of the Washington Federal Court. The edited documents do not name the individuals involved or Trump and do not indicate whether any White House official knew about the system.
- Republican Gabriel Sterling, a Georgian election official, on Tuesday, at the request of the president and other Republicans, asked for greetings from campaign lawyer Joe diGenova Trump that Christopher Krebs should be shot as Trump’s former cybersecurity official.
- Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday that there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the election, and told the Associated Press, “To date, we have not seen any level of fraud that could have achieved a different result in the election.”
New York Times reporter Thomas Friedman said he spoke to Biden on Tuesday night on a number of issues with his incoming administration and said the president-elect had a top priority to reach an incentive agreement through Congress before taking office early next year. Biden also spoke with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell about his relationship with R-Ky.
“There are a number of things McConnell used to run the Senate, and people said it couldn’t be done, and I [him]. I could get them to know they could raise taxes on the rich, ”Biden told Friedman. “I think there are compromises that don’t all compromise on principles,” Biden added. I know. I’m not asking you to embarrass the business.
Responding to GOP lawmakers spoiling Neera Tanden, Biden’s director of administration and budget because of his “significant” tweets, Biden said, “This excludes almost every Republican senator and 90 percent of the administration.”
– But by the way, he’s hell smart. Yes, I think a few people are chosen just to fight [over] whatever it is, he added.
Trump will have lunch with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday, the only event on the president’s official White House schedule.