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[00:00.04]American President-elect Joe Biden is moving quickly
[00:05.36]to set up his future administration and discuss policy issues.
[00:12.48]The move comes as President Donald Trump
[00:15.96]continues to dismiss the election results,
[00:19.64]taking legal actions and demanding recounts.
[00:24.44]Speaking Monday from Wilmington, Delaware,
[00:28.36]Biden said, "This election is over.
[00:32.20]It's time to put aside the partisanship and the rhetoric."
[00:37.72]He also spoke about the COVID-19 health crisis.
[00:42.88]"It doesn't matter your party, your point of view," he said.
[00:47.36]"We can save tens of thousands of lives
[00:50.92]if everyone would just wear a mask for the next few months.
[00:56.20]Not Democratic or Republican lives — American lives."
[01:02.32]Biden said, "the goal is to get back to normal as fast as possible."
[01:09.32]He cheered the results announced of Pfizer's vaccine trial as "great news."
[01:16.40]But he warned that it would be many more months
[01:20.00]before the vaccine is widely available.
[01:24.56]Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris
[01:28.76]have been meeting with 13 scientists and public health experts
[01:34.20]expected to lead the next administration's COVID-19 effort.
[01:40.80]The group includes former Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy,
[01:46.28]former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler
[01:51.60]and Yale University public health care expert Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith.
[01:59.44]Besides fighting COVID-19, Biden and Harris said
[02:04.12]the goals of the new administration include economic recovery,
[02:09.28]racial equality and new climate change policies.
[02:15.08]During the campaign, Biden repeatedly said
[02:18.96]he will return the United States to the Paris climate agreement
[02:23.92]and support the World Health Organization.
[02:28.16]He also promised to revisit the Iranian nuclear agreement
[02:32.88]and rebuild relations with NATO allies.
[02:37.20]Biden also plans to change current immigration policies,
[02:42.92]raise taxes on the wealthy and expand health care.
[02:48.76]With 270 Electoral College votes needed to win,
[02:53.92]Biden now has 279 and he continues to lead
[03:00.24]vote counts in Arizona and Georgia.
[03:04.60]Biden has received more than 75 million votes overall
[03:10.00]and Trump, 71 million.
[03:14.16]The Trump campaign has dismissed the election results so far,
[03:18.80]saying, "This election is far from over."
[03:23.12]It said it would begin to argue in court Monday
[03:27.12]"to ensure election laws are fully upheld
[03:31.28]and the rightful winner is seated."
[03:35.52]Courts in several states already have rejected
[03:39.44]a number of the campaign's legal actions.
[03:43.80]President Trump is facing increasing pressure to concede the election.
[03:50.80]On Sunday, George W. Bush, the only living Republican former president
[03:57.00]called Biden and Harris to congratulate them on their victory.
[04:03.32]Bush said in a statement, "The President-elect reiterated
[04:08.48]that while he ran as a Democrat, he will govern for all Americans.
[04:14.32]I offered him the same thing I offered Presidents Trump and Obama:
[04:20.84]my prayers for his success, and my pledge to help in any way I can."
[04:28.44]The General Services Administration is the agency responsible
[04:33.36]for helping with the process of putting a new administration in place.
[04:39.56]As of Monday, it had not started the process
[04:43.36]nor received any guidance on when to do so.
[04:48.36]Trump continued to question the election results
[04:51.92]and the voting process on the social media site Twitter.
[04:56.92]On Monday, the president also announced
[05:00.44]he had dismissed the Secretary of Defense from office.
[05:06.36]He wrote on Twitter, "Mark Esper has been terminated.
[05:11.56]I would like to thank him for his service."
[05:15.76]The U.S. Constitution and federal law
[05:19.04]have established a process to seat a president-elect.
[05:23.92]American states will meet on December 8 to choose electors
[05:29.48]who will vote for the winner of the presidential election.
[05:34.12]On December 14, the electors will meet to vote
[05:38.80]in a process known as the Electoral College.
[05:43.60]The entire U.S. Congress will meet on January 6, 2021
[05:50.24]to officially count the Electoral College votes.
[05:54.84]The president-elect will be sworn in on January 20 at noon.
[06:02.76]I'm Caty Weaver.