US President-elect Joe Biden has warned that “more citizens may die” in the United States due to incumbent Donald Trump’s refusal to coordinate with his transition team.
In an interview in Delaware, Biden said that coordination is necessary to counter the outbreak of the Corona virus.
The president-elect described Trump’s refusal to acknowledge the election loss as “a shame.”
“This is not a game,” former first lady Michelle Obama wrote on social media.
Biden won 306 of the electoral college votes, surpassing the 270 threshold needed to win, according to US media.
Even so, on Monday morning Trump tweeted, “I won the election!”
The Trump campaign launched a series of legal appeals in the aftermath of the November 3 vote to challenge vote-counting processes.
The General Services Administration, the government agency tasked with initiating the transition process for a new president, has not recognized Biden and Kamala Harris’ victory, which prevents them from briefing them on the sensitive government briefings usually provided to the new administration.
Aides to the President-elect said that Trump’s refusal to start the transition period also means excluding the Biden team from planning a strategy for distributing any possible vaccine for the Corona virus.
In his speech on Monday, Biden described the refusal to coordinate this as “absolutely irresponsible.”
“Does anyone understand this? .. It’s about saving lives, in fact, this is not an exaggeration,” he added.
“More people may die if we don’t coordinate,” he said.
Biden described the nationwide distribution of the vaccine as a “huge project,” and said that if his team had to wait until January 20 – his presidential inauguration – to be able to start work on the distribution program, that would mean a delay “by more than a month, a month.” And a half “.
When asked whether he would urge citizens to stay home to curb the spread of the epidemic, the president-elect avoided delving into the matter, and instead called on officials to encourage wearing masks.
Is the pressure mounting on Trump?
More than a week after Biden was declared winning the election, Trump has not given up.
However, the pressure on him is coming from the Republican and Democratic parties. On Monday, Republicans dropped lawsuits challenging election results in four states – Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – where expectations are for Biden to win.
In the four notes, which were abandoned within one hour, the reasons for stopping the legal proceedings were not explained.
The Trump campaign filed lawsuits after the election to challenge the vote count, but experts deemed most of them to be based on a shaky legal basis.