The president-elect Joe biden tries to advance in the government transition process, despite the fact that the president Donald trump refuses to give him access to the financial and administrative resources to do so.
The Democrat criticized the Republican for his position and the accusations of “electoral fraud” that he has not been able to prove in court.
“It’s just … it’s hard to understand how this man thinks,” Biden said. “It is difficult to understand. I’m sure you know you haven’t won… what you’re doing is outrageous “.
Biden dismissed Trump’s efforts, calling him irresponsible, as his actions affect the country’s democracy.
“What the president is doing now is…. another incident that will go down in history as one of the most irresponsible presidents in the history of the United States “, he expressed.
Despite that refusal, the president-elect said he has not taken legal action against the Trump Administration, but has not ruled it out.
“We have not ruled them out … But I hope we achieve cooperation with our Republican colleagues,” he said at a joint press conference with the vice president-elect. Kamala harris.
The process is on hold because the General Services Administration (GSA) has refused to sign the document that would allow the transition.
In this way, the person in charge of that office, Emily Murphy, is stopping the delivery of millions of dollars to the Democrat’s team, as well as access to government officials, agency office space and licensed equipment for the election winner’s transition groups.
This obstruction puts at risk the planning of the incoming government team to attend the coronavirus pandemic, educational programs, reports on national security, among others.
According to a CNN report, the Democrat’s team has met unofficially with officials and former members of the Trump Administration, who have shown some “frustration” over the Republican’s reluctance to recognize the election results.
The approach, the source said, is informal, in order to avoid administrative problems.
“Nothing to get us in trouble… Just an offer to help. They know what we want to say and what we can and cannot do or say, ”said the official.
He already has a Secretary
In the next few days, perhaps before Thanksgiving, Biden could announce his Secretary of the Treasury.
“They will find that he is someone who will be accepted by all elements of the Democratic Party, from the progressive and moderate coalitions,” he said.
The Democrat works to integrate a diverse team, perhaps the most diverse in a government. There are about 4,000 positions where he has direct decision.
Latino activist groups have lobbied for the appointment of members of this community in the highest levels of administration.
Until now he has integrated Julie Chávez Rodríguez, who is the director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs of the White House and is, so far, the closest Latina to the new president.
The other two positions are for the office of the next First Lady, Jill biden, Anthony Bernal, who will be his main advisor, and Julissa Reynoso, who will be the chief of staff.
It will not ‘close’ the country
The democrat said he will not shut down the economy to coronavirus, an idea that was maintained after the Dr. Michael Osterholm, one of his advisers to deal with the pandemic said that the country needed a total closure of between four and six weeks.
“I am not going to shut down the economy, period. I’m going to shut down the virus. That’s what I’m going to close ”Biden said. “There is no national closure, because each region, each area, each community can be different. Therefore, I cannot see any circumstances that would require a full national shutdown. I think it would be counterproductive ”.
. @ kwelkernbc: “You haven’t ruled out legal action against the Trump Administration, against the GSA?” @ JoeBiden: “We haven’t ruled it out.” pic.twitter.com/VrpkKzJsV1
– CSPAN (@cspan) November 19, 2020
They warn of risks
The organization Unidos US Action Fund regretted that there is no progress in the transition, so it launched a campaign to pressure the Republican president, focused on four aspects: national plan against coronavirus, stop economic support, delay the moratorium on evictions and delay the check stimulus.
“The inability to speak to agency officials will delay the national COVID vaccination program,” the group says. “Without access to officials from the Treasury, the Federal Reserve and the SBA, the Transition Team lacks the critical ability to use the authorities of the CARES Act to support small and medium-sized businesses.”
The group criticizes the GSA for stopping the process of President-elect Biden.
“The peaceful transfer of power from one administration to another is one of the cornerstones of American democracy,” he says. “The refusal of the GSA is putting the lives of Americans at risk, especially as COVID-19 ravages our communities.”