Donald Trump virtually concedes defeat, agrees to Joe Biden transition


The gulf separating the two candidates in the popular vote - which does not decide the race - has not kept Trump from threatening more litigation, even after his administration allowed the formal beginning of a presidential transition Monday. Pennsylvania certified its election results on Tuesday.

In a tweet, Trump wrote that the General Services Administration should "do what needs to be done" after the agency's head Emily Murphy said she was releasing the long-awaited aid.

Murphy, who was appointed to the GSA job by Trump in 2017 and said she faced threats for not starting the transition earlier, told GSA employees in a letter that the decision to do so was hers alone.

Mr Trump tweeted shortly after her letter was made public: "We will keep up the good fight and I believe we will prevail!"

Trump might be trying to hedge here, but according to the Biden-Harris transition team. there's no question about it - they have been determined to be the victor of the election, and the fact they've been reached out to by GSA signals that.

The Trump campaign's lawsuit that aimed to block Pennsylvania from certifying its election results was dismissed on Saturday by U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann, who called the complaint a "Frankenstein's Monster" that had been "haphazardly stitched together" with strained legal arguments and speculative accusations.

And Trump's latest tweet made it even more hard for them to take a clear stance on this issue.

Michigan's Board of State Canvassers officially certified Biden's win on Monday after he topped Trump by almost 156,000 votes out of the 5.5 million cast.

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One of the most closely watched and contested electoral battles of the 2020 election is now official: Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes belong to President-elect Joe Biden.

Nevertheless, the certification in MI, the dismissal of more lawsuits and the start of the transition marks the turning of a corner - made even more real with Biden's announcement of a slew of Cabinet-level picks.

By contrast, Mr Trump was recognised as the victor by the GSA the day after the 2016 election - long before the results were made official - and he visited President Obama in the White House the following day.

Despite the delay in formally approving the transition, Murphy said in the letter that she was under no political pressure to do so and came to the decision independently "based on the law and available facts". As stated, because of recent developments involving legal challenges and certifications of election results, I have determined that you may access the post-election resources and services described in Section 3 of the Act upon request.

The unanimous action by the seven nonpartisan justices sends to Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak results that will deliver six electoral votes from the western US battleground state to Biden.

Marking the first signal that the Trump administration acknowledges Biden's victory, Murphy's move comes as court losses and election certifications in battleground states pile up against President Donald Trump.

The picks include former secretary of state John Kerry to take the lead on combating climate change. Wolf said he's signed the certificates of ascertainment for the electors, who will cast their votes for Biden when they meet on December 14, unless a court intervenes.