Joe Biden starts Covid Task Force, Donald Trump plans rallies to protest against elections

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US President-elect Joe Biden will convene a coronavirus task force on Monday. (FILE)

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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will convene a coronavirus task force on Monday to investigate the # 1 issue he will face when he takes office in January, while President Donald Trump takes several long-term steps to get at his job to hold on.

Biden will meet with an advisory board co-chaired by Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler, and Yale University Associate Professor Marcella Nunez-Smith to investigate how a pandemic is occurring of the more than 237,000 people killed, best tamed Americans.

The former Democratic Vice President will then be in Wilmington, Delaware, to speak on his plans to fight COVID-19 and rebuild the economy.

“Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important battles our government will face and I am informed by science and experts,” Biden said in a statement Monday.

The group of scholars and experts will speak with local and state officials about responding to the pandemic, including how to safely reopen schools and businesses and eliminate racial differences.

These include Rick Bright, who was deposed earlier this year as head of a federal agency called the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, and Luciana Borio, who specializes in complex public health emergencies.

Trump has often argued with leading health officials over the pandemic. Vice President Mike Pence will meet the White House’s coronavirus task force for the first time since October 20 on Monday.

Biden has passed the 270 electoral college vote threshold required to win the White House on Saturday, four days after the November 3rd election. He beat Trump by more than 4 million votes nationwide, making him the first president since 1992 to lose re-election.

But Trump failed to acknowledge the defeat and has filed a number of lawsuits against election fraud lawsuits for which he has provided no evidence. State officials say they are not aware of any material irregularities.

Trump has not planned any public events for Monday and has not spoken publicly since Thursday. He is planning rallies to support his election results challenge, campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said.

Biden’s advisors go ahead and consider candidates for top positions in the cabinet. However, the transition cannot begin until the United States General Services Administration, which oversees federal property, confirms the winner.

Emily Murphy, the Trump agent who runs the agency, hasn’t done so yet, and a GSA spokeswoman didn’t give a timeline for the decision.

Until then, the GSA can continue to provide offices, computers, and background checks to Biden’s team for security clearance. However, you cannot yet enter federal agencies or access federal funds earmarked for the transition.

Sunday’s Biden campaign pushed the agency to move on.

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“America’s national security and economic interests depend on the federal government signaling clearly and quickly that the United States government will respect the will of the American people and work for a smooth and peaceful transfer of power,” the campaign said in a statement .

Rallies and reports

However, Trump has shown no signs that he will embark on a transition.

Murtaugh said Trump would hold a series of rallies to build support for the litigation that is questioning the outcome, although Murtaugh didn’t say when or where it would take place.

Trump will seek to back up his as yet unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud by highlighting obituaries of the dead who were campaigned in the election, Murtaugh said.

Trump also announced teams to track recounts in multiple states. Experts said efforts like his lawsuits are unlikely to succeed.

“The chances of a recount casting tens of thousands of votes in multiple states in its favor are beyond any chance we’ve seen in American history,” wrote William Antholis, director of the University of Virginia Miller Center think tank, on Sunday in an essay.

Leaders from around the world have congratulated Biden, including some Trump allies, but many of Trump’s Republicans have not yet recognized the Democrat’s victory.

Republican attorneys general from Louisiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Oklahoma said they would take legal action Monday to help the Trump campaign challenge the way postal ballot papers are handled in Pennsylvania. This is a popular option this year for voters looking to avoid exposure to coronavirus at crowded polling stations. It wasn’t clear how they would help Trump’s legal team, which is led by David Bossie, a veteran political activist but not a lawyer.

Pennsylvania, the state that won Biden’s victory on Saturday, was one of the most competitive battlefields of the election.

Trump has repeatedly criticized postal voting as unsafe, despite voting this way in previous elections and campaign experts say it is just as reliable as other methods.

(This story was not edited by GossipMantri staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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