US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: GOVERNMENT AGENCY BEGINS FORMAL TRANSITION TO BIDEN'S ADMINISTRATION, TRUMP AGREES
A key federal government agency in the United States, General Services Administration, GSA, has informed President-Elect Joe Biden that it is ready to formally begin the transition process, the first step the Trump Administration has taken to acknowledge Biden's win in the November 3 presidential election.
In a letter dated November 23, the Administrator of the GSA Emily Murphy said the Agency's delay to formally begin Biden's transition process was not borne "out of fear or favouritism".
In a letter written addressed to Biden, Murphy wrote: 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. To be clear, I did not receive any direction to delay my determination.”
Reacting to the GSA’s decision, President Donald Trump who is yet to concede to Biden threw his support behind the GSA’s statement, even as he promised to forge ahead in his quest to contest the results of the election.
“I want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our Country. She has been harassed, threatened, and abused – and I do not want to see this happen to her, her family, or employees of GSA. Our case STRONGLY continues, 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,” he said on Twitter.
I want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our Country. She has been harassed, threatened, and abused – and I do not want to see this happen to her, her family, or employees of GSA. Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good...
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 23, 2020
Although the Biden team has not waited for the formal transition process to begin preparing for the presidency, the formal transition process would permit administration agency officials to coordinate with the incoming Biden team and provide millions in government funding needed for the transition.