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Biden Vows To Support Pence, Has Optimistic Outlook

| by Oren Peleg

Sitting Vice President Joe Biden met with Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Nov. 16 to discuss the hand-off of administration. Biden later assured his confidence in Pence. 

"No administration is ready for day one," Biden said after his second meeting with Pence following Donald Trump’s presidential election win, according to ABC News. 

"I told Mike ... that I am available to him 24/7," Biden added. "I plan on being available to Mike as senior staff for him as he moves."

The meeting comes amid growing concern that Trump and his transition team are floundering in their attempt to create and prepare an incoming administration. 

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According to The New York Times, two top national security officials assisting Trump in his transition were fired amid internal struggle. Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and a close advisor, is said to have ordered one of the firings, in addition to firing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was to serve as transition team lead. 

Former State Department official Eliot Cohen was in talks with Trump and his team to become an advisor.

"After exchange [with] Trump transition team, changed my recommendation: stay away," Cohen tweeted on Nov. 15. "They're angry, arrogant, screaming 'you LOST!'  Will be ugly."

Meanwhile, after Biden and Pence’s Nov. 16 meeting, the sitting vice president projected calm and confidence. Biden said he wasn't worried about Trump's administration undoing the work of Obama's.

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According to ABC News, following the pair's first meeting, Biden’s office reported that the two “spoke about their time working together in Congress and their friendship dating back many years. [Biden] talked with [Pence] about the key duties of the vice president, and discussed a number of specific policy portfolios that have been a critical focus for him during his time in office, including NATO and eastern Europe and expanding access to the middle class.”

Sources: ABC News, The New York Times, Eliot A Cohen/Twitter / Photo Credit: Sam Hodgson/The New York Times

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