Biden to start naming cabinet picks Tuesday as Trump resists

Biden to start naming cabinet picks Tuesday as Trump resists

Biden, working in his home state of DE, has pushed ahead with his transition plans despite the lack of cooperation from the current administration.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's first cabinet picks are coming Tuesday and planning is underway for a pandemic-modified inauguration in January as his team moves forward despite roadblocks from the Trump administration.

Biden's chief of staff Ron Klain declined to say which posts the president-elect would announce, though Biden said last week he has already decided on a person for the key position of Treasury secretary.


Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor who has been a loyal ally to President Donald Trump, eviscerated the president's legal team on Sunday, telling ABC "This Week" that Trump's lawyers are a "national embarrassment".

The judgment in Pennsylvania came hours after Republicans also requested a delay in certification in MI, another battleground, in a letter that repeated allegations of irregularities in the state which Biden won by 155,000 votes.

"President Trump should accept the outcome of the election and facilitate the presidential transition process", Toomey said in a statement that congratulated Biden while specifying he voted for Trump. Candidates on Mr. Biden's short list include former Fed Chair Janet Yellen, current Fed Governor Lael Brainard, Sarah Bloom Raskin, a former Fed governor, and Raphael Bostic, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

Blinken's appointment made another longtime Biden aide and foreign policy veteran, Jake Sullivan, the top candidate to be United States national security adviser, a source said.

Klain said there will be "scaled-down versions of the existing traditions" for Biden's inauguration. "Their Cabinet and the team will look like America, so that means diversity of ideology, and he wants to have a range of views of people at the table".

"The voters rejected his leadership", Klain said. "We just want to try to find a way to do it as safely as possible".

Although he denied the notion that Trump has hit a dead end on his legal options, and has not come around to acknowledging that Biden is the President-elect, Cramer argued that it's in the best interest of the country for Biden's formal transition process to begin.

"Fight hard Republicans", Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday morning as he pressed his unsubstantiated narrative of voter fraud before playing golf in Virginia for a second day in a row.

In seeking such a "startling outcome", he said, a plaintiff could be expected to provide compelling legal arguments and "factual proof of rampant corruption" - but "that has not happened".

Suits filed by the campaign and its GOP allies have failed in Michigan, Georgia, Nevada and Arizona as judges declined to toss out millions of votes based on claims tied to a vast and implausible conspiracy theory about corrupt Democratic election workers.

The state's results show Biden beating Trump by 12,670 votes out of about 5 million cast, or 0.25 per cent. The merits of a case in Pennsylvania, where counties face a Monday deadline to certify the results so that the secretary of state can follow suit, prompted a scathing rebuke Saturday from a federal judge.

"We ran a very effective and, I think, engaging Democratic Convention this year in August, in a way that was safe for the people to participate and watch it in a way that communicated with the American people", he noted.

WASHINGTON-President Donald Trump said Saturday his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr. After the meeting, they said they saw no evidence that would lead them to intervene.

Republican Senator Pat Toomey said the ruling closed off any chance for a legal victory in Pennsylvania and called on Trump to concede the election.

But Trump's refusal to concede has complicated the process and drawn concerns that he could cause long-term damage to Americans' trust in their voting system.

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