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While President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede defeat in the 2020 election is unprecedented in American history, the disjointed transition he’s presiding over is not.
The Trump administration is still blocking President-elect Joe Biden’s team from accessing some basic components of a transition, such as classified material and the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan.
The most notable example of a bungled transition was in 2000, when a prolonged legal battle over vote counts in Florida delayed the results of the presidential election for over a month.
George W. Bush’s incoming administration was forced to shoehorn its transition efforts into a much shorter window than anticipated, and subsequent research showed the results were deadly.
In the 2004 9/11 Commission Report, the truncated transition was cited as one of the key faults that led to the terrorist plot that killed almost 3,000 people.
The coronavirus pandemic has already killed more than 247,000 people, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally as of Tuesday morning.
In a recent interview with CNBC, Andy Card, Bush’s former chief of staff, cited 9/11 as an example of the perils that come with a squeezed transition.
“The 9/11 Commission had said if there had been a longer transition and there had …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics