White House chief of staff Mark Meadows was one of the driving forces behind 特朗普总统‘s decision to allow the presidential transition to begin, two sources familiar with their discussions told Fox News.
星期一晚, 我们. General Services Administration chief Emily Murphy informed President-elect 乔·拜登 她的代理机构已正式确定他显然是 2020 presidential election and would move ahead with transition proceedings, ending a weeks-long standoff in which the Biden transition team accused the GSA of withholding critical transition resources needed for a smooth transfer of power.
Soon after, the president thanked Murphy for her handling of the ascertainment process, while pledging to continue his legal challenge of the election results.
“我要感谢GSA的艾米莉·墨菲（Emily Murphy）坚定的奉献精神和对我国的忠诚,特朗普在推特上写道. “她受到骚扰, 受到威胁, 被虐待-我不想看到这发生在她身上, 她的家人, 或GSA员工. 我们的案子仍在继续, 我们会保持良好的战斗, 我相信我们会占上风!”
“尽管如此, 为了我们国家的最大利益, 我建议艾米丽（Emily）和她的团队做一些有关初始方案的工作, 并告诉我的团队做同样的事情,特朗普补充说.
Sources told Fox News that Murphy’s letter, and the president’s follow-up tweet were things that had been “culminating,” but were pushed along after the Trump campaign’s Pennsylvania lawsuit was tossed out by a judge over the weekend, and after Michigan’s certification of Biden as the winner in the key battleground state on Monday afternoon.
Sources told Fox News that the West Wing, which had already been quiet due to coronavirus restrictions, Tuesday morning was a ghost town, and was almost entirely empty.
Lower-level White House staffers told Fox News they are “stressed” and beginning to look for new jobs, despite many of them having believed that the president and his legal team would triumph in court. Those staffers told Fox News they were surprised to see the president’s tweet Monday night.
Three staffers told Fox News Tuesday that they read the president’s tweet as “an acknowledgment of sorts,” despite Trump maintaining that he will not concede.
会长, Tuesday morning, 发推文: “Remember, the GSA has been terrific, and Emily Murphy has done a great job, but the GSA does not determine who the next President of the United States will be.”
The GSA and Murphy have faced intense bipartisan criticism in recent weeks over the decision to hold off on recognizing Biden as president-elect. The Biden transition team had threatened legal action, accusing the GSA of threatening national security and hampering preparations to combat the coronavirus pandemic by failing to provide support for the incoming administration.
Murphy said her decision was based on “recent developments involving legal challenges and certifications of election results.” Earlier Monday, Michigan voted to certify its election results and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court threw out a Trump campaign challenge that sought to invalidate thousands of absentee ballots in Allegheny County.
The Biden-Harris transition team said the GSA’s move to ascertain Biden as president-elect would provide “the incoming administration with the resources and support necessary to carry out a smooth and peaceful transfer of power.”
“This final decision is a definitive administrative action to formally begin the transition process with federal agencies,” the Biden-Harris team said in a statement. “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.”
Inauguration Day is scheduled for Jan. 20, 2021.
福克斯新闻’ Thomas Barrabi contributed to this report.