Biden vows to push ahead with transition as Trump challenges result
Joe Biden took questions from reporters for the first time since the presidential race was called in his favor, telling reporters in Wilmington on Tuesday that nothing would stop his transition even as President Trump challenges the results of the election.
The White House has directed senior government agencies to snub Biden’s transition team and the head of the General Services Administration, a Trump appointee, is refusing to release $6.3 million in funding for the incoming Biden team.
“We can get through without the funding,” Biden said. “We don’t see anything and it’s slowing us down, quite frankly.”
Citing their belief that there was widespread fraud in the election, Team Trump has filed several suits challenging the vote count in states where Biden narrowly won.
Biden, who has already named his COVID-19 task force and is expected to reveal his first cabinet members before Thanksgiving, is not able to meet with any agencies or see certain classified information until Trump concedes.
Still, he struck a hopeful tone and said his campaign would not be pursuing legal action to break the gridlock.
“We’re well underway and the ability for the administration in any way by failure to recognize our win does not change the dynamic at all and what we’re able to do,” Biden said.
“I’m confident that the fact that they’re not willing to acknowledge we won at this point is not of much consequence in our planning and what we’re able to do between now and January 20th,” he went on.
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