Biden Pushes for Official Recognition as ‘President-Elect’ – Trump Seems To Say – Not So Fast


As I have repeatedly noted, part of the official process to determine a winner in a presidential race, absent a concession, is to have the votes certified by the states, and for the Electoral College to meet in December. Neither has been met yet.

But there is also one other critical step before a presidential transition can officially begin – that is the “ascertainment” of a winner by the General Services Administration (GSA) of the federal government. This is required by the Presidential Transition Act of 1963.

As much as Joe Biden believes he is “president-elect,” and the media insists he is, without these steps, it just isn’t so. Especially in the case of GSA ascertainment. And Team Biden is begging for GSA to ascertain him as the winner. GSA for its part, citing lack of election certainty and certification, has thus far declined to do so.

Without this certification from GSA, there can be no official transition process, no funds released for a transition, and no contact between a presumptive “president-elect” and the White House or any executive agencies.

And for now, Trump and the GSA head, Emily Murphy, seem to be saying – not so fast.

The president hasn’t directly commented on this issue, but he retweeted a post about veterans from the GSA chief, saying, “Great job Emily!” So, we can all infer where he stands.

As the Wall Street Journal notes:

The Trump administration hasn’t issued a typically routine technical designation that would allow Mr. Biden’s staff to view detailed classified information, send representatives to embed with government agencies and have the State Department facilitate calls with foreign leaders. The delay could also hamper Mr. Biden’s selection of cabinet officials because the ability to conduct background investigations for security clearances is frozen.

All this is unfortunate for Team Biden. Some argue that Trump should simply concede, and GSA ascertain Biden. But until and unless Trump does, or the votes get certified, and the Electoral College convenes to make Joe Biden president-elect, nothing will change, and GSA should continue to withhold the certification.

Of course, after trying the national security excuse, Team Biden will keep using the Covid card to get recognized. They argue that without immediate ascertainment, they can’t meet with White House health officials, and desperately need to coordinate to roll out the Covid vaccine that President Trump’s “Operation Warp Speed” efforts helped accelerate.

And even the Wall Street Journal is helping Biden along. The WSJ reported that:

Joe Biden’s top adviser said Sunday that a government agency’s delay in officially acknowledging his electoral victory could hinder his efforts to prepare for the distribution of a coronavirus vaccine, among other critical issues.

Ron Klain, named to become Mr. Biden’s White House chief of staff, said Sunday that the transition team would press the General Services Administration this week to issue a designation that would allow his aides to meet with Health and Human Services officials over the looming logistical hurdles of manufacturing and distributing a vaccine for Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Fauci said in a CNN interview Sunday, according to WSJ, that “of course” the government’s public health officials would be more effective if they could work with Biden’s presumptive incoming team. And “of course” Fauci would say that.

But all this is less about Covid or national security than it is a concerted Team Biden effort to get around the fact that – well – Biden is not yet officially president-elect.

And, just as with the intelligence briefings and other coordination, if Biden is ultimately designated the “president-elect,” by early to mid-December, there is still plenty of time until Inauguration Day – January 21 – for that all to occur.

In 2000, thanks to the recounts and litigation by Democrat Al Gore contesting the election, George W. Bush was not certified as president-elect until mid-December and did not begin getting intelligence briefs and his transition until then.

Would it be better for a new incoming administration to have more transition time? – “of course.” Will it be catastrophic if it’s less time? – “of course not.”

So, “not so fast” – if Biden is soon certified as president-elect, great for him, but he can also easily wait as long as GW Bush did in 2000. The Republic survived then and will survive now.


Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Tim
Tim
6 days ago

Biden has bern in DC for 47 years. You really think he his hampered by this? If he isn’t prepared to become President he really is a moron…

Truckmant
Truckmant
6 days ago
Reply to  Tim

he needs to be in jail instead of office along with his son and others

Biff Rimfire
Biff Rimfire
4 days ago
Reply to  Truckmant

” Prisoner elect “

Mark
Mark
6 days ago

Biden will NEVER make it into the White House

THOMAS
THOMAS
6 days ago

BUCK YOU FIDEN … you have not WON ANYTHING YET !

FedUp
FedUp
6 days ago

Trump sacrificed his Family’s wealth for the Nation, Biden sacrificed the Nation for his Family’s wealth!

BillA
6 days ago
Reply to  FedUp

WELL SAID !!!!!!!!

Kenneth Frazier
Kenneth Frazier
3 days ago
Reply to  FedUp

Well said FedUp !!!

FedUp
FedUp
6 days ago

The demon-crats will do ANYTHING & HAVE to win, they have sold their soles to the devil. Demon-crats CAN NOT TELL THE TRUTH, if they do NO ONE would ever vote for them again.

The majority of Americans see this & VOTED accordingly. OVERWHEMINGLY VOTED FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP! When the demon-crats saw the red wave, they kicked in their desperate plan, BRINGING FORTH THE CORRUPTION IN GRAND STYLE. The question now is, are Americans going to let demon-crats cheating stand?? President Trump is doing his part, demon-crats corruption is DEEP as you can see with all the demon-crat judges rearing their ugly heads.

So KEEP PRAYING, God is not finished yet.

Floyd Hardee
6 days ago

Already Biden is proposing to place a bunch of scrummy idiots in different offices. Lets hope he is denied the Presidency when they finally certify the election results.

Ken
Ken
4 days ago

Doesn’t he realize that he cannot be declared “President-elect” until the Electoral College certifies the election on Dec. 14?

Ros Fe
Ros Fe
4 days ago
Reply to  Ken

Like Gore he will be president elect in his own mind for 30 days.

THOMAS
THOMAS
3 days ago
Reply to  Ros Fe

Does he even have a mind ?

Disgusted
Disgusted
4 days ago

If the old crook were so confident about the election outcome favoring him, why can’t he wait for just a bit longer? It is not like the drugs in his veins keeping him upright would be worn off in the brink of the eye, is it? Besides, wouldn’t he wish to prove to ALL Americans that he had won the office fair and square? Simple answer: he can’t, not without collusion with sorors, the dogs at the big tech, bill gates and all the other corrupted officials on soros’ payroll. What a pathetic desperate old crook!!

Beverly
Beverly
4 days ago

Biden should go visit his friends in China. They have a special gift for him – they’ve given it to all Americans.

Bemused Berserker
Bemused Berserker
4 days ago

Toughski Shitski Dementia Joe! It’s a contested election, and this is what happens when it’s contested.

Tractor Man
Tractor Man
4 days ago

With all of the hacks leaking inside info, what could they possibly NOT know?

A.J.Roberts.
A.J.Roberts.
3 days ago

It would be very degrading to have a delusional man who doesn’t know-
where he’s at for President Of The United States. Knowing he stole-
The 2020 Presidential Election from a incumbent President. President-
Donald J. Trump. Who help put The United States back on its feet.
From a near Great Depression.Delusional Sleepy Joe Biden had no –
idea what he was running for. We will go into the Deepest Great Depression. Worst then 1929. If Delusional Sleepy Joe Biden wins the Presidency. Not to mention him and his son Hunter are the most –
Corrupt human beings. They should have been locked up in Federal-
Prison. We the American people need to pray that President Trump-
Wins The Presidency again. We cannot afford to have Delusional sleepy Joe Biden as President. We will not have the freedom we have
now. We will be living almost like dictatorship. He is too chummy with-
Communist China. He is their Puppet. I’m praying for President Trump
To win again. He Loves His Country United States Of America.
God Bless President Trump 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
And United States Of America 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Name**Trish Jacobs
Name**Trish Jacobs
3 days ago

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know there aren’t that many votes for hiden-biden, anywhere in these United States unless they were forged. It’s pretty transparent that he is a loser and has been so for 47 years. Everybody knows that. Those that might have voted for him want a free meal ticket and don’t have a job. Then please leave and let the hardworking citizens make the choice, not your pervert buffoon.

THOMAS
THOMAS
3 days ago

Buck Fiden ! He is an official A-hole !

Truckmant
Truckmant
3 days ago

Trump must not concede at any time let congress handle it we are stronger there than they are

Kenneth Frazier
Kenneth Frazier
3 days ago

Did you witness the attendance for both the Trump and Biden’s geathering. There is no way on God’s green earth that Biden could win without cheeting. The only fair way to settle this is to delay the official outcome until and offical investation is conducted.


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