Joe Biden said in a speech Thursday that he had discussed the implementation of a national mask mandate with a number of state governors.
Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris spoke with members of the National Association of Governors Thursday, including Democrat Andrew Cuomo of New York and Republican Kay Ivey of Alabama.
“We discussed the implementation of a national mask mandate,” Biden said. “Ten governors, Democrats and Republicans, have imposed masking requirements and recognized the need for universal masking… This is not a political statement. It is a patriotic duty.
Members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Robert Redfield and Dr Deborah Birx, also urged Americans on Thursday to wear masks as coronavirus cases are multiplying in the United States.
Biden also pledged not to implement large-scale economic restrictions in response to an increase in the number of cases.
“I am not going to shut down the economy. Period. I will stop the virus. This is what I’m going to stop, ”Biden said. “I’ll say it again – no nationwide shutdown. No national closure. “
President Trump refused to concede defeat in the general election, claiming Democrats “stole” the election through widespread electoral fraud. The Trump campaign’s legal team, including lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sydney Powell, made various allegations of voting irregularities at a press conference Thursday. However, the Trump campaign did not contest enough ballots to reverse Biden’s voting lead in any state.
Biden said Trump was “utterly irresponsible” in refusing to concede, and criticized Trump for banning his administration from working with Biden’s transition team.
“There is no excuse not to share the data [on coronavirus outbreaks] and let’s start planning, ”for the transfer of power, Biden told reporters.