Trump Administration Authorizes GSA to Begin Biden Transition

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President Donald Trump has authorized the General Services Administration to officially acknowledge Joe Biden as the “apparent President-elect” and begin the transition process, as Biden nominates cabinet picks.

Biden transition officially begins

Following certification of Biden’s victory in Michigan on Monday, the administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), Emily Murphy, acknowledged Joe Biden as “the apparent President-elect” in a letter, announcing the official approval of the transition process, which will now allow the Biden transition team to access millions of dollars in federal funds and other resources to begin his transition to power, NBC reported.

“I have dedicated much of my adult life to public service, and I have always strived to do what is right,” Murphy said. “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.”

“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,” the Biden transition team said in a statement, BBC reported.

Trump acknowledges, but does not concede

Even though the Biden transition is moving forward, President Donald Trump is vowing to continue his legal fight over the election.

After Murphy’s letter was made public on Monday, Trump tweeted shortly afterward: “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.”

In a tweet on Tuesday, President Trump wrote: “What does GSA being allowed to preliminarily work with the Dems have to do with continuing to pursue our various cases on what will go down as the most corrupt election in American political history? We are moving full speed ahead. Will never concede to fake ballots & “Dominion”.”

Biden begins assembling cabinet, nominates a number of appointees

On Monday, apparent President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a number of his choices for his cabinet.

Biden nominated Antony Blinken as secretary of State, Alejandro Mayorkas to lead the Department of Homeland Security, Avril Haines as director of national intelligence (DNI), John Kerry as presidential envoy for Climate, Linda Thomas-Greenfield as United Nations ambassador, and Jake Sullivan as national security advisor, NBC reported.