Now that thePresident-elect may access the transition tools of the federal government, formal conversations between Mr. Biden’s team and Trump administration officials are already underway, the incoming president said Tuesday.
Shortly after CBS News confirmed the former vice president can access the presidential daily briefing, Mr. Biden told NBC’s Lester Holt about the access his team is getting to current administration officials. Since the GSA’s letter of ascertainment Monday night, Mr. Biden said there’s been “immediate” outreach from national security officials, adding that he can now access the daily briefings and his team is working out a meeting with the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force on vaccine distribution.
“And I must say, the outreach has been sincere,” Mr. Biden told Holt.
Earlier Tuesday, asked by reporters if he would accept a meeting with President Trump if offered, Mr. Biden responded, “Of course I would, if he asked.” So far, Mr. Trump has not given any indication that he would invite Mr. Biden to the White House, and he has refused to concede.
Several White House officials told CBS News that White House chief of staff Mark Meadows sent a memo to staff telling them the White House “will comply with all actions needed to ensure the smooth transfer of power.” Bloomberg first reported the memo’s existence.
“Unless specifically authorized personnel are not permitted to speak directly with a member of the Biden transition team or the federal transition coordinator,” the memo said.