Washington, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) U.S. President Donald Trump, head of the incumbent government, finally authorized the start of the transition of power to Democrat Joe Biden, a sign of how unsuccessful his efforts to overturn the election results continue today.
Weeks late, and amidst pressure from both sides of the political spectrum, the General Services Administration (GSA) informed the Democrat yesterday that the Republican administration is ready to begin the formal transition process.
In a letter to Biden’s team, GSA head Emily Murphy, a Trump appointee, said she will sign off on the Democrat’s victory, a process known as verification and essential to providing key resources in the handover phase.
The letter sent by Murphy, who has been widely criticized for her refusal so far to recognize the results of the Nov. 3 election, was seen as the first step by the Trump administration in admitting defeat for the current occupant of the White House.
This action took place more than two weeks after the main press media of the country declared Biden the winner of the elections with 306 electoral votes, as opposed to the 232 of the Republican governor.
During all this time, Trump has refused to assume this electoral outcome and even went so far as to falsely claim that he was the one who won the election, in addition to the fact that his campaign filed dozens of legal challenges in key states to reverse the results.
On Monday, after the contents of Murphy’s letter were made public, the president wrote on Twitter that he recommended that the head of the GSA and his team do what was necessary with respect to the initial transition protocols, because it was “in the best interest of our country.
Despite that, he avoided explicitly acknowledging Biden’s victory and assured that he would pursue his case to challenge the outcome. We will continue the good fight and I believe that we will prevail,’ the president affirmed.
However, news organizations such as CNN held that the GSA letter is another evidence that Trump’s legal bid to avoid the outcome of the elections, which is loaded with conspiracy theories, is coming to an end.
Although the president is determined to repeat the accusations of massive electoral fraud, the truth is that his legal team, headed by his lawyer Rudy Giuliani, has not provided evidence of irregularities that would convince judges in various states of the country.
In fact, the president’s attorneys have had only a couple of successes in court, but on at least 30 occasions their claims have been dismissed or they have had to withdraw them because of the limited possibilities for progress.
The Republican’s green light for the GSA came only after mounting pressure on Trump and Murphy herself to release millions of dollars in federal resources and allow Biden’s team access to government agencies.
The President-elect and Democrats warned that the delay in transition threatened national security and hampered the incoming administration’s ability to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Through letters sent to Murphy yesterday, Democratic leaders of the House and Senate also accused her of undermining national security by refusing to certify Biden as the winner of the presidential election.
And while most Republican lawmakers initially avoided making a statement on the issue, in recent days the number of Red Force members urging Trump to begin the transition has increased.
In this way, although the head of the White House still has almost two months to try to prioritize his controversial agenda before leaving office, the United States is moving towards a new government that, at least as projected by Biden, will have marked differences with the current executive.
(Taken from PL)