In keeping with Trump’s failure to concede the election, The administrator of the General Services Administration, Emily Murphy, has not written a declaration allowing President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team to formally begin its work this week.
In normal times, the GSA administrator would “sign paperwork officially turning over millions of dollars, as well as giving access to government officials, office space and equipment authorized for the taxpayer-funded transition teams of the winner.”
However, these aren’t normal times and Ms. Murphy isn’t budging.
This could lead to the first transition delay in modern history, except in 2000, when the Supreme Court decided a recount dispute between Al Gore and George W. Bush in December.
“Now that the election has been independently called for Joe Biden, we look forward to the GSA Administrator quickly ascertaining Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the President-elect and Vice President-elect,” a Biden transition spokesman said in an email. “America’s national security and economic interests depend on the federal government signaling clearly and swiftly that the United States government will respect the will of the American people and engage in a smooth and peaceful transfer of power.”The Washington Post:
Because Trump proves on a daily basis he’s unhinged, no one knows for sure how long this latest tantrum will continue.
“The transition process is fundamental to safely making sure the next team is ready to go on Day One,” said Max Stier, president and chief executive of the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service, which has set up a presidential transition center and shares advice with the Biden and Trump teams. “It’s critical that you have access to the agencies before you put your people in place.”