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Ben Rhodes: Biden Is Already Talking to Foreign Leaders About Changes to U.S. Policy

‘Joe Biden is going to be hiring a team and getting ready to take over the government on January 20th’


RHODES: "But here’s the thing. This is going to happen anyway, Nicolle. The Trump people seem to be talking like they have some agency here. We’re going to have the pageantry already of the President-Elect announcing his advisory board. He’s going to start announcing cabinet secretaries. The center of political gravity in this country and the world is shifting to Joe Biden. Foreign leaders are already having phone calls with Joe Biden, talking about the agenda they’re going to pursue January 20th. If that reality hasn’t sunk in yet for some people in the White House, it will sink in when they have to leave on January 20th. And they’re going to be in for a rude awakening here. I remember, I was on the incoming side, where I felt the spotlight shifting to us in 2008 and I was on the outgoing side in 2016 when it was shifting away from us to Donald Trump. That’s just going to happen regardless of what they do. The question is, how much damage do they do? How much do they slow down that efficient transfer? How much do they sow seeds of doubt of whether this is a legitimate result to their supporters?”

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