Transition authorized: Trump admin. cooperating with biden team
It has been nearly three weeks since election day 2020 and more than two weeks since the race was called by major media sites, but only today can president-elect Joe Biden officially begin the presidential transition process.
The General Services Administration (GSA) is an independent U.S. government agency that helps manage the functioning of most federal agencies in America. The transition of power between two U.S. presidents formally starts when the GSA declares an apparent winner of the election. By doing this, the General Services Administration thereby releases federal funding for the transition, which continues until inauguration day.
This Monday, November 23, 2020, GSA executive, Emily Murphy, signed off on the handover process, thus allowing President-elect Biden to officially prepare for his presidency.
On Monday, President Trump tweeted the GSA should “do what needs to be done” in starting the transition process for President-elect Biden’s administration — a new signal of cooperation, unseen in the election process thus far.
Trump further tweeted: “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 concerning initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same.”
GSA Chief Murphy said the decision to allow the initiation of the Biden transition was made independently- despite the recent tweets from President Trump.
This news came mere hours after the state of Michigan officially certified Joe Biden as the winner of the battleground state, subsequently confirming earlier media projections.
Biden’s team will now receive regular national security briefings, have access to federal funds, and be provided with an official office to use during the two-month transition.