The presidential transition in the United States is at last moving forward, some three weeks after a November 3 election that saw former U.S. vice president Joe Biden, the Democratic Party candidate, draw nearly 80 million votes to defeat President Donald Trump.
Trump has refused to concede the loss, though dozens of legal challenges in key battleground states have proved fruitless and leave him nearly 6 million votes short in the totals. He received 47.2 percent of votes cast, with numbers that reflect the political divide among Americans, while holding only 232 electoral votes in a U.S. system that derives them from individual state totals. There are 270 required to win.
“Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail!” Trump said in one of his many tweets on the matter. “Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same.”
The U.S. president was referring to Emily Murphy, the General Services Administration head responsible for ensuring federal resources are available to the transition team for Biden and his historic running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris.
With that transition came the first announcements of Biden’s picks for key government posts, all of which reflect a return to seasoned experts ready to commit to global alliances and meet the challenges of COVID and climate.
They include former senator and top diplomat John Kerry, who will spearhead climate change efforts, and Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a former assistant secretary for African affairs nominated to serve as United Nations ambassador.
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