Two weeks after bitterly disputing the fairness of November 8, 2020 United States’ election, President Donald Trump has surrendered, accepting the beginning of a formal US transition process for President-elect Joe Biden preparatory to his assumption of office, January 20.
BBC reports that pursuant to this, Trump has asked the General Services Administration (GSA), the federal agency incharge of transition, to “do what needs to be done.”
GSA, as a result, said it was acknowledging Mr Biden as the “apparent winner,” although Trump has vowed to keep contesting his election defeat, even as he had received a major blow by Biden’s victory in the state of Michiganwhich has officially certified the result.
With the GSA position, the president-elect now has access to top security briefings, office space and government officials, preparatory to his taking over.
Already, Biden’s transition website has now changed to a US Government domain, just as he is expected to begin announcing his cabinet on Tuesday.
GSA administrator Emily Murphy said she was making $6.3m in funds available to the president-elect.
Mr Trump said: “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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