Biden to meet virtually with health care workers, Trump has no public events

Biden to meet virtually with health care workers, Trump has no public events
WASHINGTON — Amid the worsening coronavirus pandemic, President-elect Joe Biden will attend a virtual roundtable Wednesday with front-line health care workers.

The event is his only one slated for the day and he will participate from Wilmington, Delaware. It comes as Biden grapples with how to get up to speed on the Trump administration’s response to the surge in cases and how to handle it once he becomes president in January.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is scheduled Wednesday to meet with transition team advisers.

In other transition news:

  • Biden may be eyeing a historic first: a Black woman as White House press secretary, although officials stress no final decisions have been made. Karine Jean-Pierre, a senior adviser to Biden and chief of staff to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris during the campaign, has emerged as a leading candidate, multiple officials close to the process told NBC News. Campaign senior adviser Symone Sanders has also been discussed as a possible press secretary and has been vocal about her desire to serve in the role, although she has more recently focused on Harris’ transition.

  • The president-elect is facing a dilemma on how his team will work out of the White House’s tight quarters during a pandemic.
  • Biden’s team is brainstorming ways to apply his coronavirus-conscious campaign practices to the presidency.
  • The transition team is expected to make additional staffing announcements by the end of the week for lower-profile White House jobs such as scheduling and advance.
  • “We’ve not found widespread voter fraud,” Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said in an interview on Peacock’s “The Mehdi Hasan Show.”

President Donald Trump, meanwhile, has no public events on his daily schedule, which has been the case for most days since the election Nov. 3.

Trump has spent his time tweeting, which is how on Tuesday night he fired Christopher Krebs, who as the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency led the government’s election cybersecurity efforts and debunked conspiracy theories promoted by the president himself.

Image: Rebecca ShabadRebecca Shabad

Rebecca Shabad is a congressional reporter for NBC News, based in Washington.

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