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Trump finally relents, Biden begins takeover

Trump finally relents, Biden begins takeover

News Report: After nearly three weeks of his unfounded legal claims and corrosive attacks on democracy, President Donald Trump finally relented as he Monday green-lighted the administration to begin the process of power transfer to incoming Joe Biden. In the most significant and symbolic sign that it's over for Trump, General Services Administrator Emily Murphy, heeding the inevitability of constitutional processes, finally switched on the administrative machinery that will formally transfer power to President-elect Joe Biden, reports CNN. The legally mandated transition will unblock millions of dollars in funding and compel the administration to grant access and briefings to the President-elect's incoming team. Most importantly, it will allow Biden's representatives to huddle with government health officials to learn how best to escalate the effort to tackle the Covid-19 disaster that is ravaging the nation with the highest tolls in the global tallies. Yet even before Murphy's belated move, Biden had engineered a tangible shift in implied power from the current administration to the next, unveiling a slew of high-profile cabinet appointments. In the process, he turned his White House from a theoretical proposition into a tangible glimpse of the policies and leadership style that will set America's course from January 20 next year. Biden's choices, including longtime aide Antony Blinken as secretary of state, signaled that the President-elect plans an era of serious, unostentatious governance after years of Trump's dictates by tweets and a cabinet cobbled from appointees who can be relied upon to pay him homage. Biden also picked former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen as treasury secretary, according to two sources familiar with his plans. Reports say Trump, a Republican, has alleged widespread voter fraud in the Nov 3 election without providing evidence. Although he has not acknowledged Biden’s victory since the former vice president clinched the Electoral College more than two weeks ago, Trump’s announcement on Monday was the closest he has come to admitting defeat. The Trump campaign’s legal efforts to overturn the election have almost entirely failed in key battleground states, and a growing number of Republican leaders, business executives and national-security experts have urged the president to let the transition begin. And he bows. Biden won 306 state-by-state electoral votes - well over the 270 needed for victory - to Trump’s 232. Biden also leads by over 6 million in the national popular vote. He began naming members of his team without waiting for government funding or a Trump concession. But Democrats have accused the president of undermining US democracy with his refusal to accept the results. On Monday, the General Services Administration, the federal agency that must sign off on presidential transitions, told Biden he could formally begin the hand-over process. GSA Administrator Emily Murphy said in a letter that Biden would get access to resources that had been denied to him because of the legal challenges seeking to overturn his win. That announcement came shortly after Michigan officials had certified Biden as the victor in their state, making Trump’s legal efforts to change the election outcome even more unlikely to succeed. Trump and his advisers said he would continue to pursue legal avenues, but his tweet served as a sign that even the White House understood it was getting close to time to move on. “Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good ... fight, and 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,” Trump said in a tweet. A Trump adviser painted the move as similar to both candidates getting briefed during the campaign, and said the president’s tweet was not a concession. A statement by the Biden transition said meetings would begin with federal officials on Washington’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, along with discussions of national security issues. Analysts say Trump, in his Don Quixotic manner, is trying to have a face-saving bold exit as a chivalrous business baron whose business empire extends up to China, the socialist country with which he waged a trade spat termed 'trade cold war'.

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