Joe Biden’s transition finally gets the green light from incumbent Donald Trump. Donald Trump tweeted the General Services Administration to do what needs to be done.
This statement though welcome, comes after GSA head Emily Murphy said that she will be releasing the long delayed assistance to the transition.
This tweet by Donald Trump is the closest that the president has ever come in terms to accepting defeat.
The incumbent president was not ready to accept that he lost fair and square to Democrat Joe Biden in the November 3rd elections.
Donald Trump has spent the last three weeks since the November 3 election claiming and accusing the latter’s party with election fraud and vote counting.
These unfounded claims had no evidence and many states already threw out the allegations.
GSA head Emily Murphy has denied acting under political pressure even though she had refused until now to release the standard package of aid that her agency manages to Biden’s incoming team.
President-Elect Joe Biden’s team has welcomed the decision and hopes that now the process will go smoothly. They issued a statement saying that they will provide the incoming team with all the resources and support necessary to carry out a smooth and peaceful transfer of power.
“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.”
The decision will free up millions of dollars in financing to support the transition. This will also formally allow Joe Biden to coordinate with current government officials.
Emily Murphy had faced harsh criticism over her previous refusal to act. In her defence she said in her letter to Biden obtained by various US news outlets that “contrary to media reports and insinuations, my decision was not made out of fear or favouritism.”
This step by the General Services Administration is usually a routine one. It follows a US presidential election. But with Trump’s continuing efforts to overturn the results of the vote and refusal to concede have complicated the process.
Joe Biden’s transition was long overdue. He is set to take office on the 20th January of 2021.