“By ensuring that Donald Trump will not be president for four years, I feel that I have done good deeds for this country.” On the evening of December 1st local time, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden said in a telephone interview with New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman for about an hour.
“As soon as Biden came up, he apologized for being late,” Friedman wrote. In an interview, Biden said, “By guaranteeing that Donald Trump will not be president for four years, I feel like I have done good for this country.” But he went on to say there is no time to be happy at present, because the epidemic is affecting people’s normal lives, so there is still “a lot of work to do”.
Biden said his top priority was getting Congress to pass the stimulus package, which would be done before he was in the White House, the report added. He also talked about how he would reach out to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to get his cabinet nomination and as many other proposals as possible to pass the Senate smoothly.
In addition, Friedman wrote that Biden reiterated his previous position that if Iran “strictly abides by the rules”, he would return the United States to the Iran nuclear agreement and lift the sanctions imposed on Iran by the Trump administration. “It’s difficult, but it will do so.”