President Donald Trump authorized President-elect Joe Biden to start a formal transition on Monday after the State of Michigan certified the latter as the election winner.
In a Tweet he posted late Monday, Trump said that he accepted the GSA decision to allow the transition of power to finally start.
“I want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our Country. She has been harassed, threatened, and abused – and I do not want to see this happen to her, her family, or employees of GSA,” the President wrote.
“Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good…fight, and I believe we will prevail! Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same.”
The GSA Administrator Emily Murphy explained that her decision to free up resources and services for the transition process comes after “recent developments involving legal challenges and certifications of election results.”
The director of Biden’s transition Yohannes Abraham said that the step was needed to “begin tackling the challenges facing our nation.”
Abraham added that officials from both parties will meet “to discuss the pandemic response, have a full accounting of our national security interests, and gain complete understanding of the Trump administration’s efforts to hollow out government agencies.”