Mr. President, you don’t have to move to Mar-a-Lago right away but some would like you to at least start packing. The nonpartisan Center for Presidential Transition wrote a letter Sunday urging the Trump administration to begin the transition.
While Trump tweeted, “Since when does the Lamestream Media call who our next president will be?” on Sunday, the transition advisory board wrote, “While there will be legal disputes requiring adjudication, the outcome is sufficiently clear that the transition process must now begin.”
The letter, obtained by Politico, was signed by George W. Bush’s former chief of staff, Josh Bolten, and former Republican Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, as well as Bill Clinton’s first chief of staff, Mack McLarty, and Barack Obama’s secretary of commerce, Penny Pritzker.
“This was a hard-fought campaign, but history is replete with examples of presidents who emerged from such campaigns to graciously assist their successors,” the Center for Presidential Transition letter read.
The General Services Administration, led by Trump appointee Emily Murphy, must affirm Biden won the election for the Biden transition team to access millions in government funds, office space and communicate with federal agencies under the Presidential Transition Act.
“Every day counts in a transition, this year more than any transition since 1932,” Center for Presidential Transition director David Marchick said. “The formal transition under law should begin quickly.”
A statement from George W. Bush’s office referred to Biden as “president-elect,” while Republican Sens. Mitt Romney and Lisa Murkowski issued statements to congratulate Biden. Republican Sen. Roy Blunt told ABC that it “seems unlikely that any (recount) changes could be big enough to make a difference.”
Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said on Sunday that he intends to file up to 10 lawsuits for election fraud.
So everyone might not exactly be on the same page on this matter quite yet.