Trump administration officially begins transition to Biden after weeks of delay


U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden smiles during a Voter Mobilization Event campaign stop at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal in Cincinnati, Ohio, October 12, 2020.

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General Services Administration chief Emily Murphy on Monday told President-elect Joe Biden that the Trump administration is making federal resources available for his transition into office.

The decision from Murphy, who had withheld her decision on ascertaining Biden’s electoral victory for days after the Nov. 3 election, was revealed minutes before President Donald Trump tweeted that he approved of the move.

Nevertheless, Trump has still refused to explicitly concede the race to Biden, who is projected to win 306 Electoral College votes to Trump’s 232.

Trump has falsely asserted that he won the election “by a lot,” and has promoted a variety of conspiracies that allege widespread electoral fraud without evidence.

Lawyers for the Trump campaign, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, have lodged lawsuits in many of the key swing states that helped put Biden over the top in the election. Most of those lawsuits, which have asked judges to block the certification of final vote tallies, have been rejected by courts.

Murphy said in her letter to Biden that her decision frees up more than $7 million in federal funding for his transition. Biden’s team was already fundraising in the wake of Election Day and had been on track to achieve its fundraising goals.

“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,” the Biden transition team said in a statement.

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“This final decision is a definitive administrative action to formally begin the transition process with federal agencies.”

Read Murphy’s letter to Biden:

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