“And they are already shaping up my ability to get brief information on a daily basis from the President. We are already meeting with the Kovid team at the White House and getting vaccinated on how to get from a vaccine that is being distributed to an individual.”
“So I think we’re not going to be behind the curve like we thought we might be in the past,” he said.
Biden’s comments came a day after the GSA informed him that the Trump administration was ready to begin the formal transition process. His conversion team is now talking to all federal agencies, a transition official told CNN. Dr Anthony Fauzi, the country’s top infectious disease doctor, said on Tuesday that he had held preliminary talks with members of the Biden team and was looking forward to more important discussions in the future.
As he awaits his administration on Tuesday, Biden vowed that his term would not be “the third Obama term.”
“We face a completely different world than we did under the Obama-Biden administration,” he said. “President Trump has changed the landscape.”
He went on to say, “It’s America first, it’s America alone. We’re in a state where our alliances are scattered.
Asked on Tuesday if he would support an investigation into Trump after his retirement, as some Democrats called it, Biden vowed “not to do what this president is doing and to use the Justice Department as my vehicle to insist that something happen.”
“A lot of the research I’ve read about it is at the state level. I can do nothing about it or do nothing about it. But I’m focused on bringing the American people back to where they were. Some determination, some certainty, some knowledge that they can do it,” he said.
“Middle class and working class people are torn. That’s my vision.”
And He asked if he could talk to Sense. Regarding cabinet positions, Bernie Saunders or Elizabeth Warren, Biden said, “We already have a significant representation of progressives in our administration, but really nothing on the table.”
However, he said, “Taking someone out of the Senate, taking someone out of the House, especially as a consequence, is a really difficult decision to make.”
Biden told NBC he would consider appointing Republicans who voted for Trump to his cabinet.
“I want this country to be united. The purpose of our administration is to be united once again. We can not continue this serious political dialogue. It must end,” Biden said.
Biden said addressing the coronavirus epidemic would be his priority when he took office, but would also take action on the immigration and climate during his first 100 days.
“Many things are happening at the same time,” Biden said. “But the most important thing is to focus on those who are touched first, when the crisis strikes, and who will eventually recover.”
This story was updated with more comments from the Biden interview.
CNN’s Sarah Mucha, Kristen Holmes and Jeremy Herb contributed to the report.