The US President says he is directing his team to cooperate on the transition but is vowing to keep up the fight
Donald Trump has directed his team to cooperate with an incoming President-elect Joe Biden administration after the General Services Administration ascertained the Democrat as the “apparent election winner”.
The US president, in his closest statement yet to finally conceding he lost, tweeted: “In the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily (Murphy, GSA Administrator) and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same.”
The move clears the way for the start of an official transition and allows Mr Biden to coordinate with federal agencies on plans for taking over on January 20.
An official said Ms Murphy made the determination after the president’s efforts to subvert the vote failed across battleground states, most recently in Michigan, which certified Mr Biden’s victory Monday.
A Trump appointee, Ms Murphy had faced bipartisan criticism for failing to begin the transition process sooner, preventing Mr Biden’s team from working with career agency officials on plans for his administration, including in critical national security and public health areas.
“Please know that I came to my decision independently, based on the law and available facts. I was never directly or indirectly pressured by any Executive Branch official – including those who work at the White House or GSA – with regard to the substance or timing of my decision,” Ms Murphy wrote in a letter to Mr Biden.
However, Mr Trump still appeared defiant, saying he would “keep up the good fight and I believe we will prevail.”