President-elect Joe Biden plans to deliver a pre-Thanksgiving address to reflect on “shared sacrifices” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Biden “will discuss the shared sacrifices Americans are making this holiday season and say that we can and will get through the current crisis together,” according to guidance released by his campaign.
The speech is expected to air at 2 p.m. Wednesday, though Biden is frequently late to scheduled events.
On Monday, President Trump authorized the federal bureaucracy to release funds to Biden’s transition team, though Trump is still fighting to reverse narrow swing-state losses with recounts and litigation.
Biden on Tuesday formally announced his picks for foreign policy and defense Cabinet posts and gave his first post-election TV interview to “NBC Nightly News.” He’s expected to take office on Jan. 20.
“America‘s back. We’re at the head of the table once again,” Biden proclaimed to NBC journalist Lester Holt, who also hosted a Biden town hall last month with “undecided voters,” two of whom previously appeared on MSNBC as Biden supporters.
The former vice president, who turned 78 years old this month, generally has sought to give a unifying message as he prepares to take office, while promising to reverse Trump’s policies, including on foreign policy, immigration and the environment.
Trump gave his own holiday remarks on Tuesday during the traditional turkey pardon in the Rose Garden, recounting the story of the Pilgrims and celebrating the nearing distribution of vaccines that end the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trump also urged his successor to keep his nationalistic approach to policy. “America first, shouldn’t go away from that — America first!” he said.