The White House says that the Trump administration has done “everything statutorily required” to do in the event of a transition. They asserted that a constitutional process is being played out to determine the winner of the November 3 presidential election.
Donald Trump being Donald Trump has refused to accept defeat and has accused the others of being involved in electoral fraud. He also has no evidence to support his claim.
Former Vice President Joe Biden was declared the winner of the much awaited and closely fought election on the 7th of November.
Joe Biden now has 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232 votes. To be declared the winner of the White House, the successful candidate should have at least 270 electoral votes out of the 538-member Electoral College. His lead in the public vote overall stands at more than 5.9 million.
Giving her full support to the incumbent Donald Trump, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnay does not acknowledge Biden’s victory.
“The president’s been very clear, he wants every legal vote to be counted,” McEnany said. She did not say when Trump would concede, but said there were “very real claims” of voter fraud without identifying any evidence. “There is a Presidential Transition Act that determines exactly what an administration needs to do in advance of an election. And we have done everything statutorily required, and we will continue to do that,” McEnany asserted. Biden is set to take office on January 20 as the 46th US president.
As long as the absence of certification of the election and conceding by President Trump does not get over with, the General Services Administration (GSA) has not been able from taking the steps necessary to ensure smooth transition of power to the incoming Biden administration, including the release of over USD 9 million for the Congressional-mandated transition team.
McEnay is not the only one. Emily Murphy, the Administrator of the GSA, a Trump appointee, had also not yet formally recognised Biden’s victory, thus denying him access to contacts with federal agencies and access to classified intelligence briefings.
“What we know, 74 million Americans voted for this President, that is more votes any President has got in history. It is really extraordinary. There are very real claims out there that the campaign is pursuing — 234 pages of affidavits publicly available in one county alone; that is Wayne County. And two individuals in the canvassing board there that have declined to certify,” she said, referring to the most populous county in the US state of Michigan.
Meanwhile Trump has been facing defeat after defeat in his efforts to challenge the election results. The hope for Trump’s team is to convince legislatures controlled by his fellow Republicans in key states. They hope it will ignore the outcome and declare him the victor, according to multiple US media outlets.