US President Donald Trump [photo: The Independent]
Nov, 24th 2020 – Donald Trump has finally agreed to allow transition processes for President – elect Joe Biden to take office. This act precedes re-confirmation of Biden’s victory in the state of Michigan. Mr. Trump has however vowed to keep contesting his election defeat as The General Services Administration emphasized that Biden is the apparent winner.
Earlier yesterday, Mr. Biden unveiled a foreign policy and national security team consisting of old colleagues from his years in the Obama administration. He will appoint Anthony Blinken as Secretary of State and John Kerry as climate envoy while Janet Yellen the first female US treasury secretary.
After GSA’s announcement, the Pentagon said that it would provide its support to the Biden team in an orderly, professional and efficient manner that is fitting to the public’s expectation of the Department and our commitment to national security.
The team statement read, “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. This final decision is a definitive administrative action to formally begin the transition process with federal agencies.”
Mr. Trump had tweeted as the GSA and informed the Biden camp that it would start the process. While vowing to keep up the fight, the president said, “Nevertheless, 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.”
Administrator Emily Murphy said that she had received no pressure from the White House over the timing of her decision. In a letter to Biden, she said, “To be clear I did not receive any direction to delay my determination. I did, however, receive threats online, by phone, and by mail directed at my safety, my family, my staff, and even my pets in an effort to coerce me into making this determination prematurely. Even in the face of thousands of threats I have remained committed to upholding the law.”
Ms. Murphy has faced criticism from both political sides for failing to start the transition process soon which is usually a routine step between the election and the inauguration.
Joe Biden is set to be sworn in office on 20 January 2021.