Biden urges people to be safe in Thanksgiving message

President-elect Joe Biden addressed the nation as many prepare to spend Thanksgiving apart from loved ones, acknowledging the more than 250,000 Americans killed by the virus.
3:46 | 11/26/20

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Stephanie, thank you. President-Elect Joe Biden delivering a Thanksgiving message today, doubling down on that public health message, urging Americans to make sacrifices now for the greater good, saying we are at war with the virus, not one another. ABC's Rachel Scott is in Washington. Reporter: Joe Biden may not be president yet, but today, he tried to rally the nation, as so many Americans prepare to spend Thanksgiving apart from their loved ones. I know the country has become weary with the fight. But we need to remember, we're at war with the virus, not with one another, not each other. Reporter: Biden telling Americans that his own Thanksgiving will also look a lot different this year, just three of his family members gathered around the dinner table. But he urged people to hang tight because a vaccine is around the corner. There's real hope, tangible hope so hang on. Don't let yourself surrender to the fatigue, which I understand, it is real fatigue. I know we can and we will beat this virus. America is not going to lose this war. Reporter: Biden, who has known so much loss in his own life, doing something the current president has not. Acknowledging the deeply painful fact that more than 250,000 Americans have lost their lives to the virus. Believe me, I know. I remember that first Thanksgiving, the empty chair, the silence. It takes your breath away. It's really hard to care, it's hard to give thanks, it's hard to even think of looking forward, and it's so hard to I understand. Reporter: But he pointed to the recent election, where turnout surged in the middle of a pandemic as one reason to give thanks. Our democracy was tested this year. What we learned is this -- the people of this nation are up to the task. In America, we have full, fair and free elections. And then we honor the results. Americans dream big. As hard as it may seem this Thanksgiving, we're going to dream big again. Our future is bright. All right, Rachel Scott joins us now from Washington, and Rachel, President-Elect Biden moving ahead with the transition. And you're learning tonight he will soon his first presidential daily briefing, access to that classified intelligence? Reporter: Tom, a of a three-week delay, President-Elect Biden will receive his first presidential daily brief on Monday. Next week, he is also preparing to announce his economic team. Sources tell us he plans to tap Janet yellin to serve as secretary of treasury. Tom, if confirmed, she would be the first woman. Tom? All right, Rachel, thank you for that. I want to fete to that breaking news now from the white house. President trump pardoning Michael Flynn, his first national security adviser, who plead guilty twice to lying to the FBI. Let's bring in ABC's chief justice correspondent Pierre Thomas. And Pierre, this pardon effectively brings to an end the longest, most drawn out legal saga of the trump administration. Reporter: That's right, Tom. Pardon in a tweet. The president calling it his great honor. Michael Flynn lasted just 22 days on the job before he was fired for lying to vice president pence about a phone call with the Russian ambassador. He later pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about that call. Flynn was the only twhous official convicted in a case by special counsel Bob Mueller. For years, president trump called it unfair and his attorney general has been trying to have the charges dropped. We are now being told by sources that trump is expected to issue more pardons in the coming days before he leaves office, Tom. All right, Pierre Thomas with that breaking news and new reporting just in tonight. Pierre, thank you.

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