A key Trump administration appointee announced Monday (Nov. 23) that it would allow President-elect Joe Biden to officially begin his transition to the White House shortly after Donald Trump tweeted that he would no longer keep the minutes would block. This will clear the way for Biden's team to gain access to briefings, office space, and other government services necessary for a peaceful transfer of power.
Trump has previously refused to admit and continues to make unfounded allegations of election fraud and that he won the November 3rd election.
On his Twitter account, the president said he agreed to take the first steps to change power, but did not admit defeat.
“I would like to thank Emily Murphy, GSA, for her unwavering commitment and loyalty to our country. She has been harassed, threatened and abused – and I don't want this to happen to her, her family or GSA employees, ”Trump tweeted. "Our case goes on STRONG, we will continue the good fight, and I believe we will prevail!"
He added, "Even so, in the best interests of our country, I recommend Emily and her team to do what needs to be done regarding the initial protocols and I have told my team to do the same."
CNN reports that Emily Murphy, who serves as the General Services Administration administrator and is responsible for handing over the keys to the Biden team, had also previously delayed an official decision on recognizing Biden's victory.
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Murphy sent a letter to Biden this afternoon just hours after the Michigan electoral board of four decided to confirm Biden's victory in that state with 154,187 votes. On Friday, the Republican governor of Georgia confirmed his state's results after a hand census that saw Biden come out on top with around 12,000 votes.
Biden received 306 votes for President Donald Trump's 232, with 270 votes required to win the presidency.
In a letter to Biden, Murphy said she was not pressured to withhold formal recognition from Trump, who appointed her in 2017.
"Please know that I made my decision independently based on the law and available facts," Murphy wrote. "I have not been pressurized, directly or indirectly, by any executive officer, including those who work in the White House or GSA, as to the content or timing of my decision."