Biden hits Trump for refusing to concede, says ‘national mask mandatediscussed with govs

Biden hits Trump for refusing to concede, says 'national mask mandate' discussed with govs

当选总统 乔·拜登 has decided on a Treasury secretary nominee and said he’ll make the announcement around Thanksgiving – calling his choice “someone who I think will be accepted by all elements of the Democratic Party.”

But Biden also took aim at 特朗普总统 for refusing to concede the presidential election, while taking questions from reporters Tuesday after he and Vice President-elect 卡马拉·哈里斯 held a virtual meeting with a bipartisan group of governors. He accused Trump of stalling the transition between administrations.

The president is being “totally irresponsible” and is sending an “incredibly damaging message” to the rest of the world, 拜登说.

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Asked about the president’s invitation for a meeting with Republican legislative leaders from Michigan at the White House, Biden emphasized, “we won Michigan. It’s going to be certified.”

Trump is trying to reverse Biden’s projected victories in that state and other key battleground. Biden stressed, “it’s outrageous what he’s doing.”

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris participate in a meeting with the National Governors Association's executive committee at The Queen theater, 十一月. 19, 在威尔明顿, 的. (美联社照片/安德鲁·哈尼克)

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris participate in a meeting with the National Governors Association’s executive committee at The Queen theater, 十一月. 19, 在威尔明顿, 的. (美联社照片/安德鲁·哈尼克)

The Biden-Harris meeting with the governors focused on the battle to combat 冠状病毒大流行, which has surged again across the nation in recent weeks with spike in new cases. The nation passed a grim milestone on Wednesday: topping a quarter of a million deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic swept the country in February and March.

Biden said that an “implementation of a national mask mandate” was discussed. “It’s not a political statement. It’s a patriotic duty.”

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The meeting took place soon after Republican Gov. Chris Sununu of 新罕布什尔 became the latest governor to issue a mask mandate. New Hampshire became the 37th state to implement such a mandate.

The president-elect also reaffirmed that “I am not going to shut down the economy. Period. I’m going to shut down the virus. That’s what I’m going to shut down. I’ll say it againno national shutdown. No national shutdown.” He added that shutting down the economy “would be counterproductive.

福克斯新闻’ Tara Prindiville and Madeleine Rivera contributed to this report

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