After weeks of waiting, President Donald Trump’s administration cleared the way for Joe Biden to transition to the White House, giving him access to briefings and funding. Trump vows to continue his legal efforts.
Although he has not conceded or acknowledged his Democratic rival’s victory, Trump announced his staff would cooperate with Biden’s.
On Monday, the General Services Administration, the federal agency that must sign off on presidential transitions, told Biden he could formally begin the hand-over process. GSA Administrator Emily Murphy said in a letter that Biden would get access to resources that had been denied to him because of the legal challenges seeking to overturn his win.
That means Biden’s team will now have federal funds and an official office to conduct his transition. It also paves the way for Biden and Kamala Harris to receive regular national security briefings that Trump also gets.
The GSA announcement came shortly after Michigan officials certified Biden as the victor in their state.
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