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Washington Post 22 Nov 2020

Biden officials slam slow transition process


President-elect Joe Biden's transition team on Nov. 22 criticized the General Services Administration for failing to ascertain the results of the 2020 election and said it could jeopardize national security and the rollout of coronavirus vaccines.

"Every day matters during a transition," says Sen. Gillibrand. "For this person to continue to play politics when this election has been decided is really outrageous and harmful." Aired on 11/09/2020.
Dr. Moncef Slaoui, the chief advisor for "Operation Warp Speed," elaborates on comments he made to the Financial Times warning against disruption to vaccine development and distribution amid the transition delay. He tells Andrea Mitchell that "Our focus is to make sure we save people's lives. Anything that may slow that process or create any disruption is something that worries us appropriately." Aired on 11/16/2020.
A maskless President Donald Trump and a masked President-elect Joe Biden took part in separate Veterans Day observances. Both declined to speak publicly in the wake of a highly contested presidential election.

US President Donald Trump's refusal to concede the US election will reflect poorly on his place in history, President-elect Joe Biden said on Tuesday. "I just think it's an embarrassment, quite frankly," Biden told reporters when he was asked about Trump's refusal to acknowledge defeat in the November 3 election. "How can I say this tactfully," Biden said. "I think it will not help the president's legacy." The president-elect downplayed any practical problems caused by Trump's refusal to help with the transition toward a new US administration. He said the transition process was "well underway" and "nothing's going to stop that."

Much formal transition work doesn't begin until the administrator of the federal General Services Administration ascertains the "apparent successful candidate" in the general election. This has not happened yet amidst legal challenges by President Donald Trump's team to the election results in some states. This means Biden is not receiving a daily classified briefing on security threats typically afforded to the president-elect.
John Bolton, who previously served as President Trump's National Security Advisor, called on the president to "let the full transition process proceed" so President-elect Joe Biden could begin to receive important information for his transition, even if he has not conceded. Aired on 11/13/2020.

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