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Biden will call governors, mayors about mask mandate

President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFederal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Biden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure Jill Biden gives shout out to Champ, Major on National Pet Day MORE will personally call on governors around the country to enact mask mandates in their states once taking office next year, NBC News first reported on Sunday.

A Biden campaign official told the network that governors who resist the incoming president's requests will see Biden pressure mayors of cities in their respective states to enact mandates at the local level, potentially setting him up for confrontations with Republican governors around the U.S.

“If a governor declines, he’ll go to the mayors in the state and ask them to lead,” said the official, according to NBC. “In many states there is the capacity of mayors to institute mandates.”

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The former vice president clashed with President TrumpDonald TrumpGaetz was denied meeting with Trump: CNN Federal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Police in California city declare unlawful assembly amid 'white lives matter' protest MORE on the campaign trail over the issue of mask-wearing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has reached more than 10 million confirmed cases in the U.S. as well as more than 230,000 deaths.

More than 20 states currently require masks to be worn in private businesses and public places according to an NPR tally, and Biden has called for more governors to enact such mandates for months as case numbers have exploded around the U.S. with the fall.

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciVaccinated Fauci hosts people at home, but stays away from crowded indoor spaces Trump endorses Rand Paul for reelection The Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Let's make a deal on infrastructure, taxes MORE, a top member of the White House coronavirus task force, has also expressed support for a national mask mandate.