Biden delivers message: ‘Darkest days’ ahead in pandemic

President-elect Joe Biden encouraged people to follow the advice of medical experts during the upcoming holidays. White House coronavirus coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx announced her retirement.
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in this pandemic are still ahead of in these winter months. And his message to president trump tonight after that massive cyber attack on the U.S. Government and U.S. Companies. Here's our white house correspondent Rachel Scott tonight. Reporter: In his message to the American people just three days before Christmas, President-Elect Joe Biden with a stark warning. I am going to tell it to you straight. I am going to tell you the truth. And here is the simple truth -- our darkest days in the battle against covid are ahead of us, not behind us. ING. Reporter: Biden telling Americans the upcoming holidays will once again look a lot different for his family, too, saying there is no time to waste in taking steps to turn the crisis around. Outlining the challenges he will face on his first day in office, now just four weeks away. The President-Elect was asked if after inauguration he expects any time of honeymoon from congress. I don't think it's a honeymoon at all. I think it's a nightmare that everybody is going through, and they all say, it's got to end. It's not a honeymoon. Reporter: And he said it's a nightmare Democrats and Republicans across this country are going through together. Biden saying congress did its job this week, but expecting them to do more for Americans in the new year. It took more than six months for congress to reach this new deal. How can you assure Americans that relief will come and come soon? I predict to you we'll get cooperation and get that done. Reporter: Will your plan include a new round of stimulus checks to the American people? Reporter: And if so, how much? That's -- look, that's a negotiating issue. But it will. Yes, it will. Reporter: His sharpest words for president trump on the issue of that unprecedented cyber attack on the U.S. Government and many U.S. Companies. Biden blasting the president for failing to respond, when trump's own team, his secretary of state and A.G. Have pointed to Russia. This assault happened on Donald Trump's watch, when he wasn't watching. It's still his responsibility, as president, to defend American interests for the next four weeks. But rest assured that even if he does not take it seriously, I will. Let's get right to Rachel. Rachel, you were on the air with me this afternoon as we watched the President-Elect. Joe Biden putting pressure on the current president to single out Russia in this massive cyber attack, pledging to get more covid relief to the American people, saying that what we saw this week is just the start. Rachel, there's news coming in onto on vice President-Elect kamala Harris's senate seat. Alex Padilla is being asked to serve to replace her. Padilla emotional there, saying he was honored, humbled, because of his parents, immigrants from Mexico. And Rachel, this appointment is history-making. Reporter: It is, David. Padilla will be California's first Latino senator. But the departure of kamala Harris leaves a void there in the chamber. Harris was the only black woman currently serving in the U.S. Senate. David? Rachel Scott, thank you.

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