Biden, Harris welcome announcement formal transfer of power can begin

The Biden-Harris Transition Executive Director Yohannes Abraham welcomed the announcement by the GSA Administrator on Monday that formal transition of power can begin.

“The GSA Administrator has ascertained President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as the apparent winners of the election, providing the incoming Administration with the resources and support necessary to carry out a smooth and peaceful transfer of power,” Yohannes Abraham wrote in a statement.

“Today’s decision is a needed step to begin tackling the challenges facing our nation, including getting the pandemic under control and our economy back on track.

“This final decision is a definitive administrative action to formally begin the transition process with federal agencies. In the days ahead, transition officials will begin meeting with federal officials 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.”

The statement came after Emily Webster Murphy, the Administrator of the General Services Administration, finally ascertained President-elect Joseph R. Biden is the apparent winner of the 2020 United States presidential election.

Murphy, an American attorney, sent a belated letter to Biden that will trigger series of events, including that funds are released for the transition to begin.

She had resisted for weeks to ascertain Biden’s win.

The ascertainment means the end of the road for President Donald Trump, and the beginning of the official transition from Trump to Biden.

It also means that the Biden team can begin to cooperate with the Biden team on the coronavirus and how the vaccine would be distributed.

Biden can also begin to receive classified briefings.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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