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Trump makes way for President-elect, Biden’s transition

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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After long-shot effort to overturn the election foundered the United States President, Donald Trump has decided to make way for the transition of the President-Elect, Joe Biden to the White House.

In a letter to Biden from the General Services Administration, Chief Emily Murphy on Monday, who cited recent legal developments and certifications of state election results in explaining her decision to stop blocking the resources.

The GSA administrator, Murphy formally held up the transition for more than two weeks citing uncertainty in the results, said her agency would provide Biden federal resources meant to assist in a smooth transfer of power.

Also, President Trump said he had instructed aides to cooperate with the transition approved by the GSA, though he pledged to continue his legal efforts to overturn the election result. “I believe we will prevail.

“Nevertheless, in the best interest of our country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same,” he said.

GSA administrator, Murphy in her letter, said her decision was not made out of fear or favoritism but she hadn’t received any direction or pressure from President Trump

She said she had received threats meant “to coerce me into making this determination prematurely, while President Trump thanked her, he said “harassed, threatened, and abused, I do not want to see this happen to her.

Murphy declined to name the apparent winner of the election, a technical designation that allows the federal government to begin cooperating with the president-elect, in the aftermath of the Associated Press’s Nov. 7 decision to declare Mr. Biden the winner of the election.

Without the GSA designation, formally known as an ascertainment, Mr. Biden’s team wasn’t allowed to receive high-level classified briefings and was denied more than $6 million in government funds.

Mr. Biden’s transition operation also had been blocked from accessing federal agencies, where career government officials had prepared briefing books to ease the transition from one administration to the next.





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