THE NEUTRAL ZONE
The formal transition to President-elect Joe Biden’s administration can now begin.
General Services Administrator Emily Murphy recognized Biden as the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3 election in a letter. She cited legal challenges and the certification of election results as reasons for the delay. She emphasized that she was not pressured by any Executive Branch officials. Current administration agency officials can now coordinate with the Biden team and millions in government funds are available.
President Donald Trump said he recommended the start of the transition in “the best interest of our Country.” He stated all legal cases would continue, as he would “never concede to fake ballots & ‘Dominion,'” in reference to a theory that Dominion Voting Systems deleted millions of Trump votes. Two sources told Fox News that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows was a driving force behind allowing the formal transition process to begin.
“Today’s decision is a needed step to begin tackling the challenges facing our nation, including getting the pandemic under control and our economy back on track,” Yohannes Abraham, executive director of the Biden transition, said.
Trump Administration Finally Clears Way For Biden Transition To Begin – HuffPost – 11/23/2020
The president noted on Twitter that while he still planned to fight the outcome of the election, he agreed the transition should begin “in the best interest of our country.” “I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same,” he wrote. The move will make $6.3 million available to Biden and his team to begin the transition process, as well as additional funds to prepare his staff and appointees.
Trump, GSA Announce Beginning of Transfer of Power to Biden Team – National Review – 11/23/2020
GSA head Emily Murphy wrote in a letter that federal government agencies will now make resources available to the Biden team in preparation for the incoming president’s assumption of office. The GSA is an independent government agency that helps manage and support the federal bureaucracy. President Trump has refused to publicly concede defeat in the general election, and up to now his administration has refused to work with the Biden transition team. However, the president wrote on Twitter that he had allowed Murphy to approve the transition.
Trump Emphasizes How Much He Isn’t Conceding After GSA Okays Biden Transition – Talking Points Memo – 11/24/2020
A defiant President Donald Trump it made clear late Monday night that he plans to go down kicking and screaming in wake of his electoral loss even after the General Services Administration (GSA) gave President-elect Joe Biden the green light to formally begin the transition process.
Trump’s Administration Blinks, Begins Formal Transition Planning – Reason – 11/24/2020
Judges have repeatedly swatted down legal challenges, and the Trump team’s claims of fraud have reached the kind of comical depths even a television writer could not possibly have envisioned. It’s within Trump’s right to avail himself of the courts to try to turn this election around, but there is little point in everybody else pretending he hasn’t lost.
Trump Is Trying to Set Yellen and Biden Up to Fail as He Sabotages the Economy – Truthout – 11/24/2020
The long delay to the start of the formal transition is hardly the only way that the Trump administration is working furiously to sabotage the incoming administration. Trump officials are also making moves to make future diplomacy, economic recovery and climate change remediation more difficult.
Trump’s Order To Begin Transition To Biden Admin Isn’t A Concession, Trump Says – Daily Caller – 11/24/2020
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has also reportedly told staff not to go out of their way to assist the transition process Tuesday. Trump has ongoing litigation challenging the results of the election in a number of states. He and his campaign filed numerous lawsuits in the days after Election Day, but none have so far succeeded and the challenges are dwindling.