1. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President-elect:
"Look, I, I've thought for a long, long time that President Trump wasn't fit to hold the job. That's why I ran and my job now in 12 days, God willing, I'll be president of the United States of America."
2. Pan from reporter to Biden
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President-elect:
"(Reporter: But if a Democratic member of Congress were to call and ask for your advice about whether they should proceed with this, what would you tell them?)
I'd tell them that's a decision for the Congress to make. I'm focused on my job."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Reporter asking question:
"Should President Trump, in your estimation, remain in office?"
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President-elect:
"I've been saying for now, well over a year, he is not fit to serve, he's not fit to serve. He's one of the most incompetent presidents in the history of the United States of America. And so the idea that I think he shouldn't be out of office yesterday is not the issue. The question is what happens with 14 days left to go or 13 days have to go? And I think that, what 81 million people stood up and said it's time for him to go. And the United States Senate voted 93 to six to confirm that we should be sworn in. We were, we were duly elected. So I think it's important we get on with the business, getting him out of office. The quickest way that that will happen is us being sworn in on the 20th. What action happens before or after that is a judgment for the Congress to make. But that's what I am looking forward to - him leaving office. I was told that on the way up here, way over here, that he indicated he wasn't going to show up at the inauguration. One of the few things he and I have ever agreed on. It's a good thing him not showing up. "
President-elect Joe Biden says it’s up to Congress whether to pursue a second impeachment of President Donald Trump, but he expected lawmakers to be ready to move on his agenda as soon as he is inaugurated.
Biden’s comments to reporters came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a Friday letter to lawmakers that House Democrats would move to impeach Trump again if he did not resign immediately. Pelosi and other lawmakers have pressured Trump to step down after Wednesday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob that lawmakers in both parties said was incited by Trump.
Asked what he’d tell lawmakers about Pelosi’s push for impeachment, Biden responded, “I’d tell them that’s a decision for the Congress to make. I’m focused on my job.”
Biden says that President Trump isn't "fit for the job," but he repeatedly refused to endorse growing Democratic calls that he be impeached for a second time.
"I've thought for a long, long time that President Trump wasn't fit for the job. That's why I ran," Biden told reporters during a press conference in Delaware.
He added that, if there were six months remaining in Trump's term, "we should be doing whatever it took" to force the president from office. But, instead, Biden said he was now focused on taking office, with Inauguration Day less than two weeks away.
Trump is set to leave Jan. 20 when Biden is inaugurated. Trump could be prevented from running again in 2024 or ever holding the presidency again. Trump would be the only president to be impeached twice. The House impeached him in late 2019, but the Republican-led Senate acquitted him in early 2020.
Democrats are discussing acting quickly to impeach Trump as soon as next week if his Cabinet doesn't first try to remove him.
Most Democrats, and many Republicans, put the blame squarely on Trump after hundreds of protesters bearing Trump flags and clothing broke into the Capitol and caused destruction and mass evacuations. The president had urged his supporters to protest as Congress was counting the electoral votes that confirmed Biden's win. Five people died, including a Capitol Police officer.
Trump also tweeted Friday that he planned to skip Biden's inauguration, becoming the first president in more than 150 years — and just the fourth in U.S. history — to do so. Biden said he agreed with that decision, adding, "It's a good thing, him not showing up."
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