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President Donald Trump’s continued refusal to let President-elect Joe Biden start his transition is prompting a growing chorus of alarm, including from Trump’s own allies.
Since networks widely called the election for Biden on November 7, Trump has refused to concede and has begun multiple lawsuits contesting the results.
With this, he has refused to allow the General Services Administration (GSA) to authorize a presidential transition process, which releases funds, briefings and resources.
Initially, Biden attempted to downplay the significance of being denied a full transition. “We don’t see anything that’s slowing us down,” he told reporters on November 10.
Trump’s intransgience, he said, is “not of much consequence,” albeit embarrassing for the nation.
One week later, Biden’s tone changed dramatically. “People may die,” he warned on November 16, arguing that it was vital he receive a smooth handover to maximize his chances against the raging COVID-19 pandemic.
Biden is not the only one. What began as a chorus of mostly Democrats and government ethics experts now includes:
Former Trump Chief of staff John Kelly — who told Politico over the weekend that the delay “hurts our national security.”
Five Republican senators have urged Trump to let Biden receive classified briefings. James Lankford, …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics