President Donald Trump has agreed to continue the transition to the Biden administration after advisers told him he didn’t have to say he acknowledged his defeat, The New York Times reported Monday.
On Monday, two weeks after losing President Joe Biden, Trump announced in his tweets that he wants the General Services Administration (GSA) to “do what needs to be done” so that Biden can take office in January.
The GSA provides the resources and other resources needed to transition from one administration to another.
GSA chief Emily Murphy will formally decide to begin the transition. But he proved unwilling to act while Trump continued to unjustifiably dispute the election results.
What was strikingly missing from Trump’s message was the admission of defeat.
According to the Times, the condition for approving the transition is to maintain the unfounded claim that he won the election.
According to the report, Mark Meadows, White House chief of staff, Pat Cipollone, White House adviser, and Jay Sekulow, Trump’s attorney, spoke with Trump on Monday to move the process forward.
“He didn’t have to say the word‘ admission ’, he was told, according to several people informed of the discussions,” the Times reported.
Some advisors believe Monday’s tweets will be closest to Trump, who admits defeat.
In his remarks, Trump reiterated the unsubstantiated allegations that the election was stolen from him by mass voter fraud.
These are claims for which he and his legal team have not provided convincing evidence and which have been rejected in a number of court cases.
In his tweets, Trump promised to continue the “good fight.”
Last week, a bid for a Trump campaign led by former New Mayor Rudy Giuliani to overthrow the election result sometimes sank into farce.
At a news conference last week, Sidney Powell, a campaign lawyer, allegedly claimed a massive communist conspiracy to overthrow the election, which she gave no evidence of, while Giuliani had black liquid dripping down her face as she planned to overthrow the election.
Trump is said to be desperate for his legal team and a series of unsuccessful lawsuits.
In recent days, there has been increasing pressure on Trump to continue the transition to a new government.
On Monday, 160 senior U.S. leaders, many of them Republican donors, urged the president in an open letter that Biden’s team make the necessary preparations to take power on Jan. 20.
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