Outgoing US President, Donald Trump has finally allowed the Biden transition team to work with the government agencies.
The president, who has been denying the projected winner, Joe Biden access to important information, said the federal agency overseeing the handover must “do what needs to be done”, even as he vowed to keep contesting his election defeat.
The General Services Administration (GSA) said it was acknowledging Mr Biden as the “apparent winner”. This is following the official confirmation of Biden’s victory in the state of Michigan, which is a major blow to Trump.
After the GSA announcement, the Pentagon was ready to provide “support to the Biden team… in a professional, orderly, and efficient manner that is befitting of the public’s expectation of the Department and our commitment to national security”.
As a result of that, Biden’s transition website was changed to a US government domain.
Biden team reacts
Reacting to the development, the Biden team welcomed the start of the transition process as the Democratic president-elect gears up to be sworn in on 20 January.
“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.
“This final decision is a definitive administrative action to formally begin the transition process with federal agencies,” a team statement said.
Trump still contesting US Presidential election results
It appears Trump won’t be given up at all till January 20 as he said given the Democrats access doesn’t mean that he has conceded victory.
“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”,” he tweeted.
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”.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2020