"Do what needs to be done": Donald Trump accepts transition to Joe Biden
Washington : Donald Trump on Monday said that he no longer opposes transition of his government to Joe Biden's, finally accepting defeat in the recently concluded US elections.
Trump tweeted that the General Services Administration should "do what needs to be done."
Since November 3, Donald Trump had been alleging that Joe Biden's victory in the US Elections was a result of fraud.
Biden's team welcomed the decision, saying in a statement it will provide the incoming administration "with the resources and support necessary to carry out a smooth and peaceful transfer of power."
"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."
One week ago, Trump had accepted his defeat to Joe Biden in a tweet. Donald Trump wrote on Twitter: "He won because the Election was Rigged. NO VOTE WATCHERS OR OBSERVERS allowed, vote tabulated by a Radical Left privately owned company, Dominion, with a bad reputation & bum equipment that couldn’t even qualify for Texas (which I won by a lot!), the Fake & Silent Media, & more!"
Biden secured more than the 270 votes in the Electoral College needed to take the presidency by winning Pennsylvania on Saturday after four tense days of counting, which was delayed by a surge in mail-in ballots due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a speech in Delaware, Biden said his team was going full steam ahead with forming a new administration to take over on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, 2021, come what may.
“We’re going to be going, moving along, in a consistent manner, putting together our administration, the White House, and reviewing who we’re going to pick for the Cabinet positions, and nothing’s going to stop that,” he said on Tuesday. The President-elect said it was an “embarrassment” that Trump has not conceded the election.