Trump admin refuses to hand over keys to Biden transition team
WASHINGTON: The Trump administration is literally refusing to hand over keys to the federal go nment to President-elect Joe Biden’s team. President Donald Trump is digging in with assertions of a stolen election amid a rift in the Republican Party even as the Biden team is knocking on the doors of the White House.
Signs of what could be an ugly stalemate emerged on Monday after the head of the General Services Administration, a low-profile agency in charge of federal buildings, refused to sign a letter that would assign budget (about $10 million) and office space in every federal building to the Biden transition team to prepare for governance. Transition officials also get go nment email addresses and access to outgoing officials to discuss priorities, deadlines etc.
A standard practice, the routine communication amounts to a formal recognition by the Federal Government of the winner of the Presidential race. But GSA Administrator Emily Murphy, a Trump appointee, apparently does not want set the ball rolling without a green light from the White House.
Trump is in no mood to relent even as Biden’s transition team began rolling out plans to meet the immediate challenge – the pandemic – by announcing a coronavirus task force to be co-chaired by Indian-American Vivek Murthy, a former Surgeon General in the Obama administration. The President kept up a relentless barrage of tweets through the weekend questioning the verdict and accusing the “lamestream media” of prematurely calling the election for the Biden-Harris team.
While Trump retains support of rank and file party and most GOP lawmakers, several Republican grandees acknowledged Biden as the legitimate winner and implicitly urged the President to bow out. “I just talked to the President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden. I extended my warm congratulations and thanked him for the patriotic message he delivered last night. I also called Kamala Harris to congratulate her on her historic election to the vice presidency. Though we have political differences, I know Joe Biden to be a good man, who has won his opportunity to lead and unify our country,” former US President George Bush said in a statement.
All four living former presidents (the other three are Democrats – Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama) have recognized Biden as the winner.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/p/51280.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
Only the media has called this election for Biden. The states sre still to certify and have till mid Dec. With counting software glitches alloting Trump votes to Biden, few post office workers backdating ballots, etc its likely the battleground states will go for an audit and full recount (hopefully by hand). By law Trumo is still the President till Jan 20.
Eventually it's for all to see the lacunae, loopholes and the primitive nature of American electoral system.
It is nothing but the negative approach of Trump administration. Ultimately, Trump's Administration has to follow set procedures and to transmit the power to Biden Team.
It was expected of Trump to behave in such a manner.
If it is in India, Indian politicians would have made a duplicate key and would have entered. Poor American politicians. They need to learn from Indian politicians.
Just like fake Gandhy's still living in state mansions.
Trump is behaving like Sonia Gandhi or any other Indian politician who continue to stay in official residences after being out of power.
What a silly joke. Ex-President is so childish. Give him some popcorn and he will hand over the keys. He is scared that if he gives the key he will lose Melania. ;-)
TRUMP, THE MOST SILLY BOY OF AMERICA AS A PRESIDENT AMERICA HAS EVER HAD
IS HE GETTING SUGGESTIONS FROM HIS INDIAN FRIEND?
Very irresponsible behaviour.
He is refusing to go because his good friend is still in power here.
Trump want civil unrest. Shame on him
Om Namah Shivayah
This man is nothing less tgan a disgrace to America and the post of President there. Converted yhe USA into a joke.
Joker admit it ...you lost
Trump is a loser.
Kick him and his friends out from office.
same will happen to feku surrender modi on 2024 .