How President-Elect Biden Has Managed Trump’s Refusal to Concede

first_imgStill, she acknowledged: “I know he wants to get started on the transition. He would like some support from the administration to do that. But he’s going forward based on his own resources.”- Advertisement – “Biden’s path to victory in his administration is going to be by putting forward bold plans to address Covid, the economy, climate change and racial injustice,” said Garrett Blad, a spokesman for the Sunrise Movement, a youth-driven progressive organization that is focused on climate and has sought to shape Mr. Biden’s appointments. “Working with the G.O.P. elite who right now are trying to undermine our democracy we do not believe is a strong way forward.”Mr. Biden’s advisers and allies have also acknowledged that they are in fact troubled by the possible ramifications from the Trump administration’s refusal to give Mr. Biden and his transition team access to federal agencies as well as intelligence briefings.The head of the General Services Administration has not formally recognized Mr. Biden as the winner of the election, a step that allows the transfer of power between administrations to proceed.As more time passes, that refusal becomes more problematic, Biden aides say. But even so, they are showing little eagerness to raise the temperature or to wage a legal battle.“We’re not interested in having a food fight with the G.S.A. administrator or anyone, really,” Jen Psaki, a Biden transition adviser, said on Friday. “We just want to get access to intelligence information, to threat assessments, to the ongoing work on Covid, so that we can prepare to govern.”In the meantime, Mr. Biden was taking a break — or something resembling a break. He traveled on Thursday to his vacation house in Rehoboth Beach, Del. “He’s earned, certainly, a couple days off,” Ms. Psaki said.Thomas Kaplan reported from Washington, and Katie Glueck from New York. Those steps, to prepare to govern and to combat the pandemic that has upended American society, followed convention and unfolded without drama. Mr. Biden has decades of experience in Washington to draw on, and his initial moves after winning the presidency demonstrated a familiarity with how one administration typically passes the torch to the next. “It’s a reflection of the president-elect’s desire to project stability at a time of great instability,” said former Gov. Tom Vilsack of Iowa, an early Biden supporter.What was not typical — far from it — was the reaction of Mr. Trump, who continued to refuse to concede, and to make false claims about election fraud. But Mr. Biden pressed on and passed up the chance for aggressive confrontation, treating the president of the United States as if he were a heckler shouting from the bleachers who would eventually tire and go home.This week, Bob Bauer, a Biden campaign adviser and former White House counsel, described Mr. Trump’s election-related legal challenges as “noise,” while Mr. Biden’s sister and close political adviser, Valerie Biden Owens, downplayed the significance of any postelection commentary offered by the president.“It doesn’t matter what Donald Trump says,” she said on “Axios on HBO.” “It doesn’t matter. Joe is president-elect. He will be sworn in on Jan. 20.” Mr. Biden himself suggested Mr. Trump’s refusal to concede was more of a stain on the president’s name for the history books than an imminent obstacle for the Biden transition, telling reporters on Tuesday: “How can I say this tactfully? I think it will not help the president’s legacy.”Asked how he expected to work with Republicans if they would not even acknowledge him as president-elect, Mr. Biden responded with a smile: “They will. They will.”Not everyone is so confident that Republicans will engage — or that Mr. Biden should even prioritize trying to work with them. The Presidential TransitionUpdated Nov. 13, 2020, 4:04 p.m. ETcenter_img WASHINGTON — Joseph R. Biden Jr. ran for president insisting that President Trump was an “aberration” who did not reflect the character or views of the American people.And in his first week as president-elect, Mr. Biden’s remarks and activities suggest an effort to dismiss Mr. Trump further: this time, as a nuisance.- Advertisement – Mr. Biden, who spent much of the week working from the Wilmington, Del., area, held calls with Pope Francis and the leaders of many of the nation’s closest allies, taking initial steps toward his goal of repairing the country’s standing on the world stage following a campaign in which he emphasized his relationships with world leaders.After spending months stressing the need to follow science, he named a group of experts to advise him on the coronavirus pandemic, and on Friday he issued a statement calling for “urgent action” as virus cases continue to surge.And he named Ron Klain, a veteran Washington figure who served as the Ebola czar in the Obama White House, as his chief of staff, a pick that was well received across the ideological spectrum within the Democratic Party.- Advertisement – As he refuses to concede, Mr. Trump has stoked fear and anxiety among many Americans, and he has plainly slowed critical transition processes, to the concern of the Biden team. Yet publicly, Mr. Biden and his aides are seeking to project steadiness. They have ignored Mr. Trump’s tweets, they are building out a White House staff and they are working to model how a shift away from four years of presidential tumult can be done — and how Mr. Biden is likely to behave once he is in the White House.“He is not going to get his knickers in a twist around Donald Trump’s bad manners,” said former Senator Carol Moseley Braun, Democrat of Illinois, who served in the Senate with Mr. Biden. “He knows that he’s going to be president on the 20th of January.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

Clippers step it up again without Griffin, demolish Kings, 126-99

first_imgThe Los Angeles Clippers entered their game Saturday against the Sacramento Kings with a record of 3-1 since star power forward Blake Griffin went down with a staph infection in his right elbow.It was suggested to coach Doc Rivers that perhaps Griffin’s injury is a blessing in disguise because it’s making others step up even more. DeAndre Jordan had three monster games in succession before Saturday, Glen “Big Baby” Davis is getting more minutes off the bench and consequently contributing more.Rivers at first scoffed.“I’m not going there, I can tell you that,” he said before the Clippers made it 4-1 without Griffin with a 126-99 victory over the Kings before a sellout crowd of 19,133 at Staples Center. “I thought our defense was really good tonight, it was able to get me going and get us in transition and we did a good job of moving the ball,” said Rivers, who came over in a trade from Boston via New Orleans. “I was ready to shoot.”Rivers never played a game for Boston after being traded from New Orleans. He said he is stoked the way things are working out.“It has been big for me,” he said. “You go to a situation where there is an opportunity; professional sports are all about opportunity and fit. … I love New Orleans, but I just did not fit in there as well as I do here. I fit in great.”Chris Paul wasn’t shocked at what he saw.“He (Rivers) is just aggressive,” Paul said. “He shot shots when they were there. He played the right way and he shared the ball. He can play. We are not surprised at that.”J.J. Redick scored 24 points for the Clippers and made 4 of 6 from 3-point range. Sixth-man Jamal Crawford scored 23 points, Paul had 10 points and doled out nine assists and Jordan scored 11 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Jordan played only the first couple of minutes of the third quarter because he took his fourth foul at the 9:27 mark and went out. Davis contributed five points, eight rebounds and three assists.The Clippers, who led by as many as 37 points three times in the fourth quarter, made 14 of 35 (40 percent) from 3-point range.DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings (19-35) with 21 points and Rudy Gay scored 15. Omri Casspi had 11 points and 17 rebounds off the bench.Sacramento shot just 34.1 percent (30 of 88) from the field, proving what Austin Rivers said about his team’s defense. Cousins was just 6 of 19. He talked about the 16-0 Clippers onslaught that changed the game.“When they were on their run, we really didn’t know how to bounce back from it,” Cousins said. “I think some fatigue kicked in as well and our energy level went down. We let them gain confidence and they just ran away with the game.”Doc Rivers praised the overall play of the second unit.The Clippers, now in a virtual tie for fourth in the Western Conference with Portland (36-18), next play host to Memphis on Monday. The Grizzlies (39-14) are in second in the West. Rivers said that, “obviously,” it’s never good when your best players get hurt. But he admitted that there is something positive that can come out of it.“Hopefully, your team gets a little tougher mentally because they have to survive without their key guy,” Rivers said. “Hopefully, a couple of guys get their rhythm, start playing better, get their confidence. That’s what you hope when you have an injury to a key guy and I hope that’s what’s happening.”It certainly happened for Austin Rivers, son of Doc, in this one as the younger Rivers scored a career-high 28 points in 26-plus minutes off the bench. He shot 11 of 19 from the field, 5 of 9 from 3-point range. He scored seven of his points during a crucial 16-0 run that saw the Clippers (37-19) go from trailing 29-19 late in the first quarter to leading 35-29 early in the second.“His confidence has grown since he has been with the Clippers and that is good for him,” Doc Rivers said of his 22-year-old son.Austin Rivers afterward talked about his fine effort.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more