President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday expressed interest in meeting with President Trump after he formally unveiled Cabinet picks and taped his first TV interview since the election
“Of course I would, if he asked,” Biden told reporters about potentially meeting with Trump.
Biden is leading his presidential transition from Wilmington, Del., and filmed his first TV interview with “NBC Nightly News,” which will air at 6:30 pm Tuesday.
In a promotional clip of the interview released by NBC News, journalist Lester Holt asked Biden about how the transition process evolved following the Monday night ascertainment by the General Services Administration that he is president-elect.
Biden said, “Immediately we’ve gotten outreach from the national security shop — from, just across the board. And they’re already working out my ability to get Presidential Daily Briefs.”
He continued: “We’re already working out meeting with the COVID team in the White House. And how to not only distribute, but get from a vaccine being distributed, to a person being able to get vaccinated. So I think we’re going to not be so far behind the curve, as we thought we might be in the past. And there’s a lot of immediate discussion, and I must say, the outreach has been sincere. [It] has not been begrudging so far. And I don’t expect it to be.”
Trump on Monday authorized the GSA to ascertain that Biden is president-elect and on Tuesday authorized Biden to receive classified daily briefings.
Trump tweeted Monday night that allowing the transition to begin was “in the best interest of our Country,” although he still is seeking to reverse narrow losses in swing states through recounts and litigation.
Biden told reporters after taping the TV interview that he hasn’t spoken with White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci, but that his staff members have and “he’s been very, very helpful.”
The former vice president also weighed in on the UK-Irish border, saying he wants northern Ireland to remain unguarded following the UK’s withdrawal form the European Union. He said he’s raised the issue with the leaders of the UK, Ireland and even France.
“We do not want a guarded border,” Biden told his traveling press pool. “We want to make sure – we’ve worked too long to get Ireland worked out, and I talked with the British prime minister, I talked with the Taoiseach, I talked with others, I talked to the French. The idea of having a border north and south once again being closed is just not right, we’ve just got to keep the border open.”