Biden talks immigration, climate and the Senate in 1st interview since election

Joe Biden will focus on undoing President Trump’s policies on immigration and climate change during his first 100 days in office, he said Tuesday in his first interview since the Nov. 3 election.

The president-elect’s agenda will include sending an immigration bill to Congress and doing away with what he called Trump’s “damaging” executive orders on the environment, which Biden said “eviscerated the [Environmental Protection Agency].”

“Some of it is gonna depend on the kind of cooperation I can or cannot get from Congress,” Biden told Lester Holt on “NBC Nightly News.”

Asked about his cabinet picks — all of whom so far have been former senior members of the Obama administration — Biden insisted that “this is not a third Obama term.”

The former vice president also indicated that it’s unlikely progressive Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren will join his administration, saying pulling someone from Congress “is really a difficult decision” since he’ll need their support for his agenda.

“We already have significant representation among progressives,” in the cabinet, Biden insisted.

The Democrat said he’d also work on sending federal aid to state and local governments “to keep them from basically going under” amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Multiple things are going to have to be taking place at the same time,” Biden said.

And he pledged not to use the Justice Department to go after Trump, when the president leaves office.

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