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Biden chief of staff says inauguration ‘not going to be the same’

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“We ran a very effective and I think engaging Democratic Convention this year in August, in a way that was safe for the people to participate and watch it in a way that communicated with the American people,” he noted. “I think we’ll have some mix of those techniques, some mix of, you know, scaled-down versions of the existing traditions.”

“They’re going to try to have an inauguration that honors the importance and the symbolic meaning of the moments but also does not result in the spread of disease,” Klain said. “That’s our goal.”

The president-elect’s chief of staff also spoke on the difficulties of the transition, without acknowledgment of the election results by the General Service Administration’s Emily Murphy and Trump’s willingness to concede.

The team has been able to move ahead with White House and Cabinet picks and build policy plans, but several things are still at a standstill as a result, he said.

“The president-elect and vice president-elect are not getting the kind of intelligence briefings they’re entitled to,” he said. “Our transition isn’t getting access to agency officials to help develop our plans, and there’s a lot of focus on that vaccine rollout plan that’s going to be critical in the early days of a Biden presidency … There are definite impacts. Those impacts escalate every day.”



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