Biden Transition Formally Begins As Trump Says He Will Cooperate

Biden's presidential transition can formally begin, U.S. agency says

U.S. President Donald Trump suggested Monday he has authorized his government to begin the transition to President-elect Joe Biden after so far refusing to concede defeat in the November 3 election.

But Trump indicated that he will continue his fight to overturn the presidential election results, which he has claimed to have been rigged, saying in a pair of tweets, "Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good.fight, and I believe we will prevail!"

She added that she was not "directly or indirectly pressured by any Executive Branch official" on the making or timing of a decision on the presidential transition.

Barring any kind of miraculous legal result for Team Trump, Biden is slated to be sworn in as America's 46th president on January 20, 2021.

The lawsuit alleged misconduct such as harassment of Republican poll challengers and a requirement that they adhere to six-foot distancing rules unlike Democratic poll challengers. Portman, a senior member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, also said Biden should receive high-level briefings on national security and the coronavirus vaccine distribution plan.

Trump has spent the last three weeks since the November 3 election claiming without any evidence that Biden's convincing victory was the result of fraud.

Trump's campaign on Thursday said in a court filing that it was voluntarily dropping the lawsuit because election officials in Wayne County "met and declined to certify the results of the presidential election".

There are sources telling us that she is continuing to feel the pressure, understanding that this is really a mood in Washington that is shifting in the direction of having president-elect Joe Biden get the resources, as well as the official sign-off to start the transition. Here's a brief insight into how the presidential transition process in the USA works.

The parade of daily statements from Republicans who are gently urging Trump to concede and move on comes as Murphy, whom he appointed, had stalled on certifying Biden as the victor of the presidential election, stalling the process of officially launching the transition.

Now that Murphy has ascertained that Biden won, it will free up money for the transition and clear the way for Biden's team to begin placing transition personnel at federal agencies. The memo notes that the office space has not been configured to comply with coronavirus pandemic guidelines and that Biden's staff "shall determine any Covid-19 protocols for the space, including entrance and screening requirements" and the GSA will "make all reasonable efforts to accommodate" the protocols.

The Trump campaign's appeal is focused on the narrow question of whether Brann improperly refused to let them amend their lawsuit a second time. By Monday, Biden had announced several key appointments and nominations for his national security and foreign policy team.

Former secretary of state John Kerry will serve as his special envoy to address climate change, and former deputy secretary of state Antony Blinken will lead the US State department.



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