In very totally different Christmas messages, Biden speaks about Covid and Trump hardly makes any reference
Combination image of Democratic US presidential candidate Joe Biden and US President Donald Trump on the early results of the 2020 US presidential election on November 4, 2020 in the US.
Joe Biden and President Donald Trump delivered completely different Christmas messages on Friday. The president-elect highlighted in a video the pain caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and reminded Americans of "our common humanity," while Trump gave the slightest hint of the coronavirus.
"Jill and I wish you and your family peace, joy, health and happiness this season. But we know this has been a very difficult year for so many of you in our nation," Biden said in a video message with his wife. "And in this time of hope we are reminded of our common humanity and of what we should do for one another."
“Many of our fellow Americans struggle to find work, literally put food on the table, pay their rent or mortgage. They have reminded us that on this earth we care for one another, give what we can and a source are for it. " Help and hope for friends and strangers, "added Biden.
He also stressed that he and Jill Biden would not see an extended family this year to meet the public health guidelines required by the pandemic.
"For the Bidens, we usually have 20 to 25 people for dinner over Christmas Eve, but not this year," said the president-elect. "We will miss our families, but it is what we have to do to protect our families. We hope that you will consider limiting the number of family gatherings while traveling this year as well."
Nearly 330,000 Americans have died from Covid-19, and there are more than 18.7 million confirmed cases of the virus in the United States.
Trump, meanwhile, made a formal White House statement that did not specifically mention the pandemic.
His only affirmation was that "our congregations might look different from previous years".
Instead, he sent "warmest wishes" from himself and First Lady Melania Trump "to all Americans as we celebrate Christmas".
“While our meetings may look different from previous years, this Christmas, like every Christmas, is an opportunity for us to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ and to show our heartfelt gratitude for the abundant blessings God has given our lives and country, "said the Trump embassy. “During this time of peace, we appreciate the warmth, generosity, and faith that bring our holiday gatherings to life. The love we share with family and friends fills our hearts with joy, as does the story of the birth of Christ people everywhere inspires the world. "
Trump also thanked military families, first responders, law enforcement officers and frontline medical professionals who "work tirelessly to serve and protect our communities."
Adam Edelman is a political reporter for NBC News.