Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Friday met in person with the Democratic leaders of the House of Representatives and the Senate despite new recommendations not to travel during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), 80, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), 69, traveled to Wilmington, Delaware, to convene with Biden, who has declared victory in the presidential election and is busy making appointments and policy plans in the event he ends up winning.
Spokespersons for the lawmakers didn't respond when asked why the meeting wasn't conducted remotely, given that many of Biden's recent meetings have been carried out remotely.
The trio and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Biden's running mate, met around large tables put together. They appeared to be following social distancing guidelines and all wore masks during the indoor meeting.
During the brief period that reporters were let into the room, Biden told Pelosi and Schumer that “in my Oval Office, mi casa, you casa.”
“I hope we’re going to spend a lot of time together,” he added.
"Why are you the only guy that always shouts out questions?" he said.
The White House Coronavirus Task Force said earlier this week that it is safe for children to learn in-person with proper measures in place even amid the pandemic, and that schools never needed to close.
According to a joint readout of the meeting in Delaware, Biden, Harris, Pelosi, and Schumer discussed the surges in COVID-19 infection rates and the corresponding economic strain suffered by Americans.
The quartet agreed that Congress should pass a fresh relief package that includes resources to fight the pandemic, money for families and small businesses, and funds for state and local governments. Pelosi told reporters in Washington earlier Friday that she wouldn't compromise on a package that does not include aid for governments.
Biden said in a statement that the group discussed "how we’ll get this virus under control, deliver much-needed relief, and build back better than before."
Harris added that it was a great meeting. "We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I know that together we can build a better future for our children and grandchildren," she said.