Donald Trump in the White House.
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Outgoing President Donald Trump indicated on Monday that he was giving the green light to the transfer of power to Democrat Joe Biden, winner of the presidential elections, although he still does not recognize his defeat.
“I want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA (General Services Administration) for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our country. She has been harassed, threatened and abused – and I don’t want to see this happen to her, her family or GSA employees, ”Trump tweeted, noting that he has instructed his team to do what is necessary regarding the Transition “initial protocols”.
… 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
Previously, Murphy sent a letter to Biden in which he explained that he never blocked the transition of power as reported by Democratic sectors. The official wrote that she has been threatened in order to start the process. She also denied that she was pressured by the White House.
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“My decision was independent, based on the law and the facts,” Murphy wrote in reference to allegations of fraud and vote-counting processes in some states.
– Manu Raju (@mkraju) November 23, 2020
Murphy asked Congress to amend the law which concerns the transition process since the GSA remains in uncertain territory when there are electoral disputes.
In the absence of confirmation from the GSA, until now Biden and his team had not had access to the resources of federal agencies to work on the transition of power, ahead of January 20, when he will be inaugurated president.
This Monday Biden announced to the national and foreign security team of his future Cabinet, including Antony Blinken, as secretary of state and the Cuban-American Alejandro Mayorkas as head of the Department of Homeland Security.