Analysis: Trump in denial over election defeat as Biden gears up to fight Covid
November 9, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
Even with President Donald Trump still refusing to concede the election, President-elect Joe Biden will launch an aggressive plan on Monday to control the pandemic that is escalating at an alarming rate and will define his administration as soon as he takes office.
(CNN)Even with President Donald Trump still refusing to concede the election, President-elect Joe Biden will launch an aggressive plan on Monday to control the pandemic that is escalating at an alarming rate and will define his administration as soon as he takes office.
Sources tell CNN that Trump campaign aides are considering their own aggressive strategy -- not to finally tackle the virus that has killed more than 237,000 Americans -- but for the President to possibly hold rallies to bolster his false claims that his second term has been stolen.
Instead, the President remains locked in his manufactured reality in which he won the election, despite Biden passing the 270 electoral votes needed to reach the White House, while flinging false claims that his presidency is being stolen.
Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb warned Sunday that by the time the President-elect takes the oath of office on January 20, the country will be at the "apex" of the Covid-19 crisis and that the current administration — which has said the virus cannot be controlled — must act fast.
In the run-up to the election, Trump's White House -- where coronavirus policy is run by Dr. Scott Atlas, who has scorned measures like mask wearing -- gave up briefing Americans about a virus the President falsely said was going away and has not conducted any public health messaging for months.
The inclusion of public health experts on Biden's coronavirus task force -- which is to be chaired by former surgeon general Dr. Vivek Murthy, former FDA commissioner Dr. David Kessler and Yale University's Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith -- underscores how seriously the President-elect plans to take the pandemic that is now certain to dominate at least the first year of his term.
But the announcement will also reflect how, over the next 72 days, the new administration will be powerless to mitigate the course of the pandemic that will in many ways define Biden's presidency and how Trump's neglect will exacerbate the staggering challenges that Biden will face once inside the Oval Office.