Mr. Biden’s feedback got here as governors throughout the nation have begun issuing tough new restrictions on companies, colleges, bars and sports activities venues in an effort to gradual the unfold of the virus, prompting an more and more aggressive backlash from Republicans, together with a few of Mr. Trump’s advisers.
In Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s determination to close down casinos, film theaters and indoor eating — and to halt in-person studying at excessive colleges and schools — for 3 weeks prompted Republican lawmakers to name for her impeachment. She stated the remarks by Dr. Atlas had been “irresponsible” and left her breathless.
Hours earlier than Mr. Biden’s remarks, Mr. Trump’s nationwide safety adviser, Robert C. O’Brien, went additional than another senior Trump official in a public discussion board when he stated that Mr. Biden appeared to have gained the election and pledged a clean transition from his employees.
“Look, if the Biden-Harris ticket is set to be the winner — and clearly issues look that method now — we’ll have a really skilled transition from the Nationwide Safety Council,” Mr. O’Brien stated.
Maybe cautious of the ire of a president who refuses to concede the apparent, nevertheless, even Mr. O’Brien spoke conditionally, falsely suggesting that the election’s end result stays unsure.
“If there’s a new administration, they deserve a while to come back in and implement their insurance policies,” Mr. O’Brien stated throughout a chat recorded final week and streamed on Monday as a part of a convention hosted by the Middle for Strategic and Worldwide Research.
“And if we’re in a state of affairs the place we’re not going right into a Trump second time period, which I believe individuals the place I’m sitting within the White Home want to see, if it’s one other end result, will probably be knowledgeable transition — there’s no query about it,” he added.
Jim Tankersley and Alan Rappeport contributed reporting.