Despite still not having conceded to his loss in the November 3 presidential election, US President Donald Trump on Monday gave a go-ahead to the White House officials, asking them to begin the transition process for President-elect Joe Biden.
The General Services Administrator, Emily Murphy made the determination to release the long-delayed assistance, and said she would provide necessary government resources to Biden to move into the White House.
Hours after Trump tweeted that the agency should do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols. He has directed his team to cooperate on the transition but is vowing to keep up the fight, he further said.
Since the November 3rd presidential elections, Trump has claimed that Biden’s victory was the result of fraud.Without any evidence, his campaign had filed multiple lawsuits of electoral malpractice, of which many have been dismissed by courts.
Murphy, who had faced criticism for failing to begin the transition process sooner, wrote a letter to Biden saying that the decision came independently based on the law and available facts.
Citing the recent developments involving legal challenges and certifications of election results, the decision was not made under direct or indirect pressures by any executive branch officials including those from GSA aor White House.
Following which Biden’s team said it will provide the incoming administration with the support and resources necessary to carry out a smooth and peaceful transfer of power.
The decision was a much needed step to tackle the challenges faced by our nation including getting pandemic under control and bringing the economy on track, said the Biden-Harris Transition Executive Director Yohannes Abraham.
The formal transition process grants Biden and his team access to briefing books, current agency officials, and other government resources, including some $6 million in funding.
Meanwhile, Biden has announced key figures for his cabinet. He has picked foreign policy advisor Antony Blinken to be his secretary of state and former US chief diplomat John Kerry as his special climate envoy.
Cuba-born lawyer Alejandro Mayorkas has been appointed to lead the Department of Homeland Security. The former deputy CIA director Avril Haines will now be Director of National Intelligence.
The long-time diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield will serve as ambassador to the United Nations, with status as a cabinet member. Jake Sullivan was appointed White House national security advisor.