GSA opens door for Biden transition, Trump agrees
WASHINGTON — The General Services Administration has determined that President-elect Joe Biden is the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3 election and will allow the Biden-Harris transition team to begin making official preparations for the new administration.
President Donald Trump, who has refused to concede the election, said Monday that he is directing his team to cooperate on the transition but is vowing to keep up the fight.
…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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 23, 2020
This move clears the way for the start of the transition from Trump’s administration and will allow Biden to coordinate with federal agencies on plans for taking over on Jan. 20, 2021.
In a statement, the Biden transition adviser, Yohannes Abraham, said, “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.”
An official said Administrator Emily Murphy made the determination after Trump efforts to subvert the vote failed across battleground states, most recently in Michigan, which has officially certified Biden’s victory today.