GSA Tells Biden That Transition Can Formally Begin; Trump Tweets That He Has Instructed His Team To Cooperate

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President-elect Joe Biden, accompanied by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, speaks about economic recovery at The Queen theater, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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The General Services Administration ascertained Monday that President-elect Joe Biden is the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3 election, clearing the way for the start of the transition from President Donald Trump’s administration and allowing Biden to coordinate with federal agencies on plans for taking over on Jan. 20.

Trump, who had refused to concede the election, said in a tweet that he is directing his team to cooperate on the transition but is vowing to keep up the fight.

Administrator Emily Murphy made the determination after Trump efforts to subvert the vote failed across battleground states, citing, “recent developments involving legal challenges and certifications of election results.” Michigan certified Biden’s victory Monday, and a federal judge in Pennsylvania tossed a Trump campaign lawsuit on Saturday seeking to prevent certification in that state.

Murphy, a Trump appointee, has faced bipartisan criticism for failing to begin the transition process sooner, preventing Biden’s team from working with career agency officials on plans for his administration, including in critical national security and public health areas.

“Please know that I came to my decision independently, based on the law and available facts. I was never directly or indirectly pressured by any Executive Branch official—including those who work at the White House or GSA—with regard to the substance or timing of my decision,” Murphy wrote in a letter to Biden.

Trump tweeted shortly after her letter was made public: “We will keep up the good fight and I believe we will prevail! 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.”


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  1. Biden was smart to wait quietly for what we all knew (maybe not all acknowledge) was inevitable. This is about as close to a concession as we are likely to get. Biden gave President Trump the time and space to claim he “put up the good fight”. Hopefully, the Dems will follow Biden’s lead and not seek to put down the 72 million Americans who voted for Trump and instead focus on dealing with all the critical problems the nations is facing. I’m probably among the most anti-Trump posters here but at this moment, I think we should all give credit to the incumbent for recognizing the reality of what happened on November 3rd. Perhaps its too much to expect President Trump to facilitate an orderly transition but as least not stand in the way.

  2. Probably realized one thing to obstruct when you are president and there are only political ramifications whereas when you are no longer president the ramifications become criminal. He swore an oath to defend and uphold the constitution so to go claim there was fraud and the election was stolen without presenting evidence and to then use that claim as a basis to prevent the functioning of laws (e.g. GSA enabling the transition) that he is sworn to uphold possibly crosses some serious lines. Some even may call it treason. His frivolous lawsuits were not going very well, so likely decided it is time to toe the line better before he finds himself in deep legal trouble.

  3. @Gadolhadorah: “Perhaps its too much to expect President Trump to facilitate an orderly transition…”
    Trump [In this very article]: “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.

  4. Patience!
    Right now the play is in The Supreme Court.
    The Truckers Strike starts on the 29th.
    A lot of things are still going to happen before Jan 20th.
    “This will be Biblical”
    have patience, I’m waiting, Bsd’m we will Prevail !!
    Rabbi Yisroel Yitzchak Saprin Mkubel of Komarna about a week ago was asked about the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, His answer was “It will seem up until Inauguration that Biden Won and at the last moment it will turnaround for Trump”.

  5. this can only happen in the USA.That a loosing president is making such troubles.Nowwhere
    in Europe such a thing would happen.Never seen such a unfair president.Make Amerika great
    for him selr but not for others

  6. To rightwriter: I don’t think I have seen any post that suggests Biden is moshiach. Do you think Trump is mochiach? I think I have seen posts suggesting that Trump is mochiach. How pathetic, not to mention stupid.