Biden says transition will move on, despite Trump

President-elect Joe Biden says President Donald Trump’s failure to recognize his victory is an “embarrassment" and "will not help" Trump's legacy. But Biden says Trump's actions will not interfere with his plans to assume power on Jan. 20. (Nov. 10)

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JOE BIDEN: We are already beginning the transition. We're well underway. And the ability for the administration in any way by failure to recognize our win does not change the dynamic at all and what we're able to do.

We're going to be going, moving along in a consistent manner, putting together our administration and the White House and reviewing who we're going to pick for the cabinet positions, and nothing is going to stop that. And so I'm confident that the fact that they're not willing to acknowledge we won at this point is not of much consequence in our planning and what we're able to do between now and January 20.

Access to classified information is useful, but I'm not in position to make any decisions on those issues anyway. There's one-- as I said, one president at a time, and he will be president until January 20. It would be nice to have it, but it's not critical. And so we're just going to proceed the way we have. We're going to do exactly what we'd be doing if he had conceded and said we've won, which we have. And so there's nothing really changing.

- Sir, what do you say to the Americans that are anxious over the fact that President Trump has yet to concede and what that might mean for the country?

JOE BIDEN: Well, I just think it's an embarrassment, quite frankly. The only thing that-- how can I say this tactfully? I think it will not help the president's legacy. I think that-- I know from my discussions with foreign leaders thus far that they are hopeful that United States' democratic institutions are viewed once again as being strong and enduring.

- Have you tried to reach out at all to the president, and if he is watching right now, what would you say to him?

JOE BIDEN: Mr President, look forward to speaking with you.