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Victorious over Trump, Biden looks to transition

After celebrating his election on Saturday, the future tenant of the White House plunges Sunday into the preparations for his accession to the White House with two priorities displayed: the fight against the pandemic and the reconciliation of a divided America.

After celebrating his election on Saturday, the future tenant of the White House plunges Sunday into the preparations for his accession to the White House with two priorities displayed: the fight against the pandemic and the reconciliation of a divided America.

(AFP) – Leaders around the world have welcomed the election of the Democrat, offering a stark contrast to the silence of the Republican camp which, like the outgoing president, refuses to concede defeat. Arguing about electoral “fraud”, without providing evidence, Donald Trump promises to increase the number of legal actions. But their chances of success are slim and the Democrats, who have let their joy explode in the big cities, ignore it.

Without a word for his rival, Joe Biden promised Saturday night to turn the page on “demonization”, pledging to be the president “who unites and not who divides” in front of a jubilant crowd gathered in his stronghold of Wilmington.

Resolutely turned towards the transition, the former vice-president of Barack Obama, 77, announced the establishment on Monday of a crisis unit on Covid-19, which has already killed more than 237,000 in the United States. United. This working group will bring together scientists and experts, responsible for drawing up a plan to be implemented from January 20, 2021, the day of its inauguration. National screening campaign, compulsory wearing of a mask in federal buildings, free of charge for a future vaccine, several avenues have already been announced.

Joe Biden also intends to cancel the procedure for the withdrawal of the United States from the World Health Organization (WHO), launched by his predecessor. Decided to wipe out part of Donald Trump’s record as quickly as possible, Joe Biden also intends to bring the United States back to the Paris climate agreement, and to cancel his emblematic migration decree which prohibits the entry onto American soil by nationals of several countries with a Muslim majority. Joe Biden, who chose black senator Kamala Harris as vice-president, is also working on the composition of his government, which should make room for women and minorities.

Echoing his unifying speech, his cabinet should include representatives of the left wing of the party, but also centrists or even, perhaps, a few Republicans. The majority in the Senate, which will be played in a tight ballot in Georgia in January, could however influence his choices. If Republicans retain control of the upper house, their leader Mitch McConnell could refuse to confirm personalities too left for his liking.

Donald Trump’s attitude in the coming days will also weigh on Joe Biden’s margins of action even before January 20. In order to have access to information from federal agencies, you need an administrative decision that initiates the transition process. This could be delayed by the Republican’s refusal to recognize his defeat, an extremely difficult gesture for this former businessman who made “success” the heart of his speech. Proof that he is not yet ready to retire, he again quoted Sunday morning on Twitter allegations of “stolen election” before leaving to play golf.

International leaders, who do not seem to take the billionaire’s legal actions seriously, hastily congratulated Joe Biden on his victory, saying they were ready to work with the United States to face the “great challenges” of the world. Even Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who wanted Donald Trump to win, hailed the Democrat’s election as a “great friend of Israel.”

In the United States, on the other hand, with rare exceptions, the Republican camp has not yet taken this step. “Do not concede anything Mr. President, fight,” Senator Lindsey Graham said on Sunday. Fox News. Most of the elected representatives of Congress have observed absolute silence for 24 hours. Their cooperation will be essential to avoid the paralysis of institutions. “I don’t care” that Donald Trump does not recognize his defeat, thus launched the Democratic representative James Clyburn on CNN. “What matters to me is that the Republican Party stand up and help us preserve the integrity of our democracy.”

Republican Senator Roy Blunt appeared to be paving the way for this. “It is time for the president to let his lawyers speak, to present their arguments to the courts and to the Americans (…) then we can move forward,” he said on ABC. “We will not change the president, he is who he is and he has a flexible relationship with the truth,” said Republican Senator Mitt Romney, one of his frequent critics. “I am convinced that he will fight to the end,” he added. “But I am also sure that once all his remedies are exhausted, he will accept the inevitable.”


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