Trump and his administration have finally accepted that a formal transition of power to president-elect Joe Biden should take place.
While still vowing to “keep up the good fight”, Trump tweeted:
I am recommending that Emily [Murphy] and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same.
He has continued to refuse to concede, however, calling the election the “most corrupt in American political history” and refusing to drop his various lawsuits contesting it.
The letter in which Emily Murphy, the General Services Administration chief responsible for authorising the transition process, gave the go-ahead was also criticised for being begrudging and not referring to Biden as president-elect.
As you know, the GSA Administrator does not pick or certify the winner of a presidential election.
The actual winner of the presidential election will be determined by the electoral process detailed in the Constitution.
Murphy’s letter does mean, however, that federal funds will become available to enact the transition of power.
The news was met with celebration.
Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris shared a link to their website, detailing plans for the transition as well as their priorities in office.
But although there was relief that the formal transition process can finally begin, Trump’s refusal to actually concede didn’t go unnoticed.
Regardless of how Trump might feel about it, Biden can now truly begin to prepare to take up office in 2021.