President-Elect Biden To Begin Formal Transition Process After Agency OK

President Trump, who still hasn't conceded, says he's 'recommending' the GSA begin 'initial protocols' to kick-start the transfer of power. The GSA chief says her decision was reached independently.

11/24/2020 7:47:00 AM

President-elect Biden's team should now have access to government office space, will be able to meet with Trump administration officials to discuss policy issues, and will receive some $7.3 million to pay staffers and other expenses.

President Trump, who still hasn't conceded, says he's 'recommending' the GSA begin 'initial protocols' to kick-start the transfer of power. The GSA chief says her decision was reached independently.

Mark Makela/Getty Imagestoggle captionMark Makela/Getty ImagesPresident-elect Joe Biden speaks Monday in Wilmington, Del., during a virtual meeting with the U.S. Conference of Mayors.Mark Makela/Getty ImagesUpdated at 8 p.m. ETJoe Biden's administration can formally begin its transition to power after a previously little-known federal agency on Monday ascertained Biden as the apparent winner of the election more than two weeks after the Democrat became president-elect.

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The awaited decision from the General Services Administration provides the incoming Biden team with federal resources and access to agencies.The news came as President Trump, who has still hasn't conceded the White House race, tweeted he was"recommending" the GSA and others in his administration begin"initial protocols" to kick-start the formal transfer of presidential power.

...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, 2020While Trump said he had recommended the moves, Emily Murphy, the Trump appointee who heads the GSA, wrote in her"letter of ascertainment" to Biden that she had reached the decision independently."Please know that I came to my decision independently, based on the law and available facts," Murphy wrote in the letter, dated Monday."I was never directly or indirectly pressured by any Executive Branch official — including those who work at the White House or GSA — with regard to the substance or timing of my decision. To be clear, I did not receive any direction to delay my determination."

Murphy had faced criticism from Democrats, national security experts and health officials, who argued that delaying the formal transition was hampering the incoming Biden administration from getting up to speed on the response to the coronavirus pandemic and jeopardizing national security. A handful of GOP lawmakers also called for Murphy to allow the transition to get underway.

"Contrary to media reports and insinuations, my decision was not made out of fear or favoritism," she wrote."Instead, I strongly believe that the statute requires that the GSA Administrator ascertain, not impose, the apparent president-elect. Unfortunately, the statute provides no procedures or standards for this process, so I looked to precedent from prior elections involving legal challenges and incomplete counts."

General Services Administration Administrator Emily Murphy had been blocking Biden's team from receiving government funds and office space to begin the transition.Susan Walsh/APtoggle captionSusan Walsh/APGeneral Services Administration Administrator Emily Murphy had been blocking Biden's team from receiving government funds and office space to begin the transition.

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Susan Walsh/APMurphy wrote she had reached her decision"because of recent developments involving legal challenges and certifications of election results."The president has not conceded the election despite numerous legal setbacks and the certification of votes in some key states, including Michigan on Monday.

Trump also wrote in his tweets that his"case STRONGLY continues."Trump thanked Murphy for her"dedication and loyalty" and also bemoaned the criticism she received. Read more: NPR »

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No one is president-elect until the electors have voted, or the opponent concedes. That’s the first mistake. Making that much money Staffers don’t need pay, everything free now, including labor Yes, this was all about funding just money. Releasing funds. Translation: Your taxes are going to explode on Jan 22

Biden is the first illegitimate President elect in US history DJ Treason was worried he would have to meet with Biden if he conceded. The fact is that the new administration ONLY needs to meet with people who know what the hell has been going on for the past 4 yrs which excludes the Orange Troll Doll.

Only because the GSA officials were Doxed. Threats against families, even pets. Do your research. Media normalize trump regime misconduct til the very end. Propaganda. He hasn't been sworn in or elected by electorate. There is a process. The media including NPR are unhinged Only Zoom calls, people! They all have covid!! Wait til they're all out and SANITIZE the shit outta the offices!

Finally! Maybe we won't have to wait so long to start stabilizing the Country. Thankfully he can implement his plan to hit the ground running with Covid and maybe once Trump is gone we can get senatemajldr, GOP to come to the table and get some money sent to Americans suffering Better be wary of infected staffers. No joke, they are an infected mess.

F**k that took 2 weeks! New trump plan: give Biden covid 7.3 million!, Talk about the welfare state. Freaken moochers. Be careful if in the White House. COVID-19 lives there. Make sure any space you use in disinfected. Funny! PART 3! I appear as Donald Trump at election night in NYC. 🎉😂 Rt😝. Follow👈🏼. Comedian and top Trump impersonator bob dibuono🚀

He’s not President elect! Wait and see 😆 I'd keep the meetings with Trump administrator officials virtual. No one needs to be near those people. They will HAVE to move out soon. Republicans are going to annihilate the economy on purpose & not pass a stimulus package for suffering/struggling/starving Americans just to trash Biden’s incoming presidency. They want to make it as difficult as possible by destroying the economy when they hand it over. 🖕GOP

Stay safe. yuk No one admits that he is the president, there is only one president. He is Trump! About time About god damn time 7.3 Million and how many staffers will this pay until Jan 20 Those will be the quickest meetings known to man with the Trump Administration. Biden will not be president. Just wait.

He’s not the president elect if there was fraud!!! Yeah JoeBiden needs to keep his team far away from Trump’s COVID cesspool... Americans need a lot of help right now! FINALLY! It is a good step taken! Finally! Thank goodness 😅 Was worried USA citizens would have to force Congress & 45’s cabinet to enforce the 25th Amendment. Hopefully these States of America 🇺🇸 will become United as it was meant to be as a democratic society. Hopefully we’ll get a handle on Covid & normalcy

Biden appears to be a reasonable man. Time will tell. Supported the UK in 1982 against Argentina. Not the first time USA was involved in a Falklands dispute though. Lexington Raid 1831 anyone? Or 👇 p.101 “meet with Trump administration officials to discuss policy issues”. Will Ivanka be there selling her shoes? ” Like any trump officials would even know what their policies are or have anything legitimate insights.

“Should have access?” Stop playing Trump’s game. They WILL have access. I hope they sweep the office space for bugs or any other sabotage. Can't wait to hear about how compliant and transparent everyone is during these meetings. I'm sure it will be a master class in torch passing. Meeting with trump admin officials to discuss policy issues? How's that gonna go? Incompetent yahoos who have their job due to blind loyalty to the cult leader rather than competence.

Personally, I'd pass on the office space until it's fumigated. It will never happen 🤣🤣🤣 Finally Don’t go in those offices without sanitizing first. Oh, transition joy! Right-wing Joe Biden iced-out decent minded Progressives, courted far-right Republicans who still voted for racist Trump, & he’s putting the big donor corrupted DNC corporatists into his fracking oily WH Cabinet to push unpopular regressive status quo agenda.

Maybe Joe should just move directly into the Oval Office since tRump never uses it? Taking bets on how long Biden transition team folks start testing positive after meeting with Trump officials. I thought the people with the most experience for cabinet positions would be Trump’s family because they are highly qualified for being rich from their dad

Woot woot. Let’s build back better now. Bout effin time