For weeks Donald Trump blocked an orderly preparation for the assumption of office by Joe Biden. Now he’s changing his stance on one important point. He doesn’t want to know anything about an election defeat.
The elected US President Joe Biden will be given access to the government infrastructure, which he has been denied until now, in preparation for his assumption of office. The General Services Administration (GSA) should initiate the official procedure for transferring the tasks and “do what needs to be done,” wrote Trump on Monday in a short message on Twitter. He instructs his team to do the same. The responsible authority had previously classified GSA Biden as the likely election winner and thus given the green light for the Trump administration to cooperate with the Democrat’s team.
…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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 23, 2020
Trump still refuses to admit defeat in the November 3rd election, claiming that the victory was stolen from him through massive election fraud. He made it clear on Monday that he would keep fighting and was once again confident of victory. However, more than 30 lawsuits filed by his lawyers have been dismissed by the courts.
The election result in Michigan, another important state, was also officially confirmed on Monday. Emily Murphy, the chief of the General Service Administration (GSA), sent a letter to Biden published by the news channel CNN. This gives Biden’s transition team, among other things, access to 6.3 million dollars, which are intended for the seamless handover of official business. At the same time, his employees are now officially allowed to communicate with government officials – something they were previously denied.
Biden has little time to familiarize himself with
“The decision made today is a necessary step to begin addressing the challenges our country is facing,” said a statement from Biden’s transition team.
The orderly handover of official business (“transition”) after a presidential election has been enshrined in law for almost 60 years. In doing so, Congress wanted to ensure that Americans could always count on having a functioning government. “Any interruption caused by the handover of government business could result in results that are detrimental to the safety and well-being of the United States and its citizens,” the 1963 law stated in support of the law.
The US president is the most powerful man in the western world – that is why the “transition” is so important. He has to be fully operational from day one: he will be the commander in chief of the armed forces, will be responsible for a good 1.3 million soldiers and have the codes to authorize the use of nuclear weapons in an emergency. He and his administration will be responsible for a budget of nearly $ 5 trillion. The pandemic and the economic crisis will also give the president little time to familiarize himself with the situation.
Newly elected presidents use the two and a half months between voting and inauguration to put their government team together. It’s not just about the cabinet, state secretaries and heads of authorities. Unlike in Germany, for example, the President also has to quickly fill thousands of positions in the White House, ministries and authorities. Around 1200 of the personal details must be approved by the Senate. An elected president must therefore begin staffing as early as possible in order to implement his policy.
Unusually long hanging game according to the US election
The election on November 3rd was followed by an unusually long hanging game. It was not until four days later that the US media – as is customary in the United States – proclaimed Biden the winner on the basis of their own surveys and counted votes. The last time George Bush senior was voted out after only one term in office was in 1992.
Biden came in with victories in numerous states above the 270 electoral mark required for success. The US president is only elected indirectly by the people. The votes of the voters determine the composition of the electoral college, which then elects the president in December. A candidate needs a majority of the 538 electorate to win. Biden is to be sworn in on January 20th.