Biden’s temporary challenges are growing day by day

WASHINGTON – It was easy for President-elect Joe Biden to defeat the incumbent president almost four weeks ago.

The difficult part is taking office during a pandemic that is only getting worse amid destabilizing events overseas, while President Donald Trump continues to unfoundedly accuse election fraud and U.S. Senate control can still be seized.

During Thanksgiving alone (Thursday through Sunday), more than 600,000 new cases of coronavirus and nearly 5,000 deaths were experienced in the United States. And health experts say it will get worse – even if the spread of vaccines is now visible.

“Unfortunately, we expect that in the next few weeks, in December, we may see a wave that we can pull ourselves into.” said Dr. Anthony Fauci yesterday on “Meet the Press.” .

Iran’s top nuclear scientists were also assassinated on Thanksgiving, making it difficult for Biden to make any attempt to rejoin the Iranian nuclear deal, which Trump spoiled.

“I hope the president-elect, Biden, can really reach and calm the waters, but I think that will significantly increase the tension,” added Mike Mullen, former president of the Joints Staff Chiefs at the “Meet” yesterday.

(Mullen also said he was worried about Trump’s loyalists who got into leadership positions at the Pentagon. which is really destructive. ”)

Meanwhile, the defeated U.S. president continues to make baseless and refuted allegations that the election was somehow stolen from him – despite Biden falling more than 6 million votes nationwide, the votes still don’t count in New York.

This only makes it harder for Biden to reach millions of voters who support Trump and gain legitimacy from them.

And to top it all off, two January 5 developments in Georgia will determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the U.S. Senate, which could determine the fate of Biden’s many cabinet selectors, judicial candidates, and legislative priorities.

No one said being president was never easy.

But Biden’s work – 51 days before his inauguration – couldn’t be more challenging.

And now you have to do everything while wearing boots after you have hairline cracks in your legs.

Just and healthy

As for unsubstantiated allegations of election integrity, a senior official in the Trump administration responsible for election cybersecurity (as long as Trump fired him after the election) said the election was safe and not endangered.

“We can continue with all the wolf claims that intervening in the 2020 elections, but the evidence is on the ballots,” Christopher Krebs said last night on the “60 Minutes” show.

“The recount is in line with the original count, and for me it is further evidence that confirms that the systems used in the 2020 elections worked as expected and that the American people must have 100 percent confidence in their vote.”

Trump damn it the “60 minutes” interview with Krebs, and the 2020 election “probably our least safe EVER!” called it.

But here was Krebs ’refutation in an interview:“ There is no foreign power that reverses the votes. There is no domestic actor who would reverse the votes. I did it well. We did well. It was a safe choice.

Data download: The numbers you need to know today

6,185,406: Joe Biden took the lead in the referendum at the time of publication

87: The number of additional votes for Biden in Wisconsin during the partial recount requested by Trump.

$ 3 million: How much the Trump campaign spent on this partial recount.

13,454,330: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States, according to the latest data from NBC News and health officials.

267,596: The number of deaths caused by the virus in the United States so far.

191.15 million: The number of coronavirus tests performed in the United States so far, according to researchers at The COVID Tracking Project.

93,219: The number of people currently hospitalized with the coronavirus

36: The number of days until the Senate runs through January 5th.

51: Number of days until the inauguration day.

Tweet of the day

The break-up of the boys’ club

Be it women, send an unequivocal message to the Secretary of the Treasury (Janet Yellen), the Director of the OMB (Neera Tanden), possibly the Secretary of Defense (Michèle Flournoy), and a women’s press operation, Joe Biden:

He breaks the Boys’ Club.

Biden closet / transition clock

Status: Tony Blinken (announced)

Treasury: Janet Yellen (confirmed)

Homeland Security: Alejandro Mayorkas (announced)

UN Ambassador: Linda Thomas-Greenfield (announced)

National Intelligence Director: Avril Haines (announced)

Protection: Michèle Flournoy, Jeh Johnson, Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth

Attorney General: Doug Jones, Xavier Becerra, Sally Yates

HHS: Government of New Mexico, Michelle Lujan Grisham, California. Representative Raul Ruiz, California. Representative Karen Bass, Dr. Vivek Murthy

Internal: Deb Haaland

Agriculture: Heidi Heitkamp

Labor: Andy Levin, Bernie Sanders, Marty Walsh

Education: Lily Eskelsen Garcia, Randi Weingarten

OMB Director: Neera Tanden (confirmed)

CIA: Michael Morell

Boss: Ron Klain (announced)

National Security Adviser: Jake Sullivan (announced)

Climate protection: John Kerry (announced)

White House Communications Director: Kate Bedingfield (announced)

White House Press Secretary: Jen Psaki (notified)

Vice President Communications Director: Ashley Etienne (notified)

Vice President’s Spokesperson: Symone Sanders (announced)

Ben Kamisar Georgia Georgia Runoff Watch

Today’s Runoff Watch takes another look at how hard it is to fight with a stuck leg in the past.

Nearly four full weeks have passed since election day, and yet President Trump and his main allies remain unsubstantiated and far-fetched allegations of voter fraud. And it is clear that outdated efforts are jeopardizing the party’s ability to move forward and tackle its current problem – by denying Democrats ’efforts to the Senate majority.

During a Saturday event, RNC President Ronna McDaniel faced questions from Trump supporters, grabbing baseless allegations of voter fraud, and even asked why they should retire if the election had already been decided, followed by NBC Julia Jester and other journalists.

The president on Sunday did even more damage to the coastal unit in Georgia by saying it He is “ashamed” of supporting Georgian Governor Brian Kemp because he did nothing. And he released one more regarding the integrity of the letters sent on the ballot paper, even if Republicans will need these ballots to win the runoff.

So while Republicans are trying to prevent another key loss to Georgia, this message to key supporters seems to have been this message: The last election has been “cheated” and the top Georgian Republicans are doing nothing. But vote for us in this election, with the same “tied” system.

ICYMI: What else is happening in the world

Alex Seitz-Wald checks the status of the Ossoff / Perdue competition.

What exactly is Joe Biden’s relationship with Mitch McConnell – and can that help break through the grid?

Biden’s White House communication team is made up entirely of women.

Biden’s cabinet selection signals a return to a foreign policy institution that will dismiss its close American allies abroad.

The Supreme Court accepts Trump’s proposal to exclude undocumented immigrants from the resettlement.

The New York Times is investigating how Newsmax hopes to capitalize on Trump fans who suspect Fox News.