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

Schrader takes on Salina Speedway foes tonight

first_imgBy Dusty WiegertSALINA, Kan. – Every once in a while, a new face will show up and immediately make an impact at the Salina Speedway on any given Friday.Tonight (Aug. 14) the new face is a familiar one to race fans around the country as former NASCAR driver and dirt enthusiast Ken Schrader will tackle the central Kansas 3/8-mile oval.It will be the first time that a NASCAR star past or present has visited the track to compete. Current Sprint Cup driver Kasey Kahne visited almost 16 years ago to the day, but was still a few years away from beginning his NASCAR career.Schrader will be piloting his own car in the 1st Class Chassis IMCA Modified division, in a battle that pits the four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup winner against the local contingent of hot shoes.Drivers in the IMCA Modified division are eligible for some special perks as well. If 30 or more cars sign in to face off against Schrader the main event for the division will pay a cool $1,000 to win and be a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier.If that isn’t enough incentive, Gary Cornelison with Good Ole Boys Racing Photos has posted $100 for the winner of a special cash dash featuring the top two drivers from each qualifying heat race in a six-lap dash for the Benjamin.There’s also a little something special for heat race winners in every division this week. Each winner will receive a free 6-pack of their favorite frosty ice cold beverage courtesy of the Salina Speedway. Another 6-pack is also up for grabs to the hard charger in each feature event on the night as well, granted the driver advances at least five positions.Including the Modifieds, all five IMCA divisions will be in action on the night: the Coors Light IMCA Stock Cars, Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Northern SportMods, Budweiser IMCA Hobby Stocks, and M&H Motors IMCA Sport Compacts.The night’s special theme is in honor of Jaxson Fuller, who passed away in an accident in August of 2012. A Youth Racing Fund was established in his memory to help local racing kids get their start and pursue auto racing. The night’s fundraising activities will go towards this special fund, intending to keep kids in racing and to grow the sport from the bottom up for the future.A dunk tank featuring some of Salina Speedway’s drivers will be up for entertainment before the races, and anyone wearing a Jaxson Fuller Youth Racing Fund T-shirt will receive $2 off their admission price.Everything kicks off with the pit gates opening at 5 p.m., followed by the grandstand gates at 5:30 p.m. and hot laps at 7:15 p.m. with racing to follow.Adult admission will remain the same as weekly events at $10, with kids 15 and under free with a paying adult. Seniors 55 and up are $5 and military both current and retired are free with ID.For more information about the Salina Speedway visit or call 785 292-9220last_img read more

Best back for Ulster

first_imgIreland and Ulster hooker Rory Best has recovered from his broken arm ahead of schedule to face Montpellier at Ravenhill on Friday night. The 31-year-old’s fitness will be a significant boost to Joe Schmidt’s Ireland squad ahead of next month’s RBS 6 Nations. Ireland are due to name their Six Nations squad next week, and now Best has the chance to prove his fitness to win selection. The 70-cap front-rower broke his arm in Ireland’s agonising 24-22 defeat to New Zealand in November. Best has found fitness in seven weeks, beating expectation, to return for UIster’s Heineken Cup round five tie. Best paid tribute to Ulster’s medical staff in helping him make a quickfire return. “I knew that it was going to be a tight ask to get back for these games,” Best told UIster’s official website. “But it is testament to the medical team that we have here, Michael Eames the surgeon and the strength and conditioning coaches at Ulster that I am back. “I have been fortunate that there have been no set-backs along the way and it has just been a case of trying to push on and thankfully I have come through.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Lodi man supported jihad, says prosecutor

first_imgSACRAMENTO – A man facing federal terrorism charges “had a jihadi heart and a jihadi mind” long before he confessed to attending an al-Qaida training camp in Pakistan, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Tice-Raskin used his closing argument to counter testimony that FBI agents and a government informant may have tricked 23-year-old Hamid Hayat into making incriminating statements. Hayat and his father, from the Central Valley agricultural town of Lodi, are on trial in U.S. District Court for lying about the son’s suspected attendance at the terror training camp in 2003. The prosecutor said Hayat freely revealed his intentions to the government informant, who was recruited by the FBI shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and arrived in Lodi later that year. The informant befriended the Hayat family and secretly recorded hundreds of hours of conversations, evidence that became key to the government’s case. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventHamid Hayat “repeatedly professed support for violent jihad,” Tice-Raskin told jurors. “He tells you in his own words, captured forever on tapes, that he was going to jihad, that he was going to training.” He said the conversations reveal “the real Hamid Hayat” and show that he “believes heart and soul in violent jihad. Hamid Hayat had a jihadi heart and he had a jihadi mind,” Tice-Raskin said. Jihad is the Arabic term for holy war. Hamid Hayat’s attorney argued the government doesn’t have a case because it has no proof that her client ever went to a terrorist training camp. “The government has shown no evidence that he actually attended; the government has failed to prove its case,” attorney Wazhma Mojaddidi said after the prosecutor had finished his closings. “Ladies and gentlemen, you can’t prove what never happened.” Hayat’s father is charged with lying to the FBI and faces up to 16 years in prison if convicted. Closing arguments in his portion of the trial are scheduled for Thursday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more