As hopes begin to fade that President Donald Trump’s legal teams will be able to secure significant victories to overturn the election results, the president made a decision this week that indicates he may be preparing for the end.
Trump, while making clear that he will not yet concede the election to former Vice President Joe Biden, authorized General Services Administration Administrator Emily Murphy to take the first steps in beginning the formal transition process, The Hill reported.
A report in The New York Times noted that Trump’s green light to the GSA was the president’s acknowledgement “in his most explicit terms yet” that he may soon leave the White House.
The GSA allows an incoming administration the proper federal resources — and financial backing — to begin laying the groundwork for establishing their future presence in the White House.
While the GSA usually is authorized for such maneuvers in quiet fashion following a normal presidential election, there was nothing normal about this election given the fact that millions of Americans still don’t believe that Trump is out of the fight.
On Monday, Trump made clear he doesn’t believe that he’s out of the fight either, but announced that Murphy would be authorized to take the necessary steps to begin the transition due to the increased number of threats to herself and her family over past weeks.
“I want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our Country. She has been harassed, threatened, and abused – and I do not want to see this happen to her, her family, or employees of GSA,” Trump tweeted Monday.
Trump added that his legal case “STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail!” before giving his blessing to the GSA and his team to initiate standard protocols.
Democrats and members of Biden’s campaign and transition teams have expressed concerns in the past few weeks that the failure to free the resources provided by the GSA threatens national security and inhibits the incoming administration’s ability to immediately take control of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Hill reported.
Murphy said that she did not make the decision to go ahead with the authorization because of any pressure from the White House, indicating that she reached the decision on her own.
“I take this role seriously and, because of recent developments involving legal challenges and certifications of election results, am transmitting this letter today to make those resources and services available to you,” Murphy said in an official statement to Biden on Monday.
The Biden team called the decision a “needed step” for their efforts to reign in the pandemic and tackle any brewing issues with the U.S. economy.