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

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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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Tony Barreda
8 months ago

Trump is trying to delay the inevitable, that he is a LOSER and must vacate the premises. He will use his limited time to further hurt our Country. He did not listen to the danger of the virus and decided to play politics with it. Now, he does not listen to more experts regarding National Security, he just handed Putin an early Christmas gift by removing military personnel from Afghanistan. It seems to me that trump is listening more to Russian Oligarchs than to our experts

Healthydose
Healthydose
8 months ago
Reply to  Tony Barreda

Wow! You are woefully behind the news. Joe is not the President elect. I guess you are a foreigner and don’t know how our system works.

THOMAS
THOMAS
8 months ago
Reply to  Healthydose

Sorry Healthydose … I clicked wrong

Richard
Richard
8 months ago
Reply to  Tony Barreda

You are a dumba$$, plain and simple. After all the obvious shenanigans with this election, there is still a possibility Trump could still be President. So, Joe can wait. Though, he might forget what office he was actually running for.

Lisa
Lisa
8 months ago
Reply to  Tony Barreda

Apparently you can’t read the GSA hasn’t certified anything and neither has ANY state so don’t lecture us about Trump not accepting anything. Also since they’re finding problems daily and also votes not counted you might want to sit down and shut up until things are complete.

JSH
JSH
8 months ago
Reply to  Tony Barreda

Amazing! You are not willing to let the process unfold as is the President’s right by law. By god, if the situation was reversed. The Media and the DNC would be all over it!

Tim
Tim
8 months 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
8 months ago
Reply to  Tim

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

Biff Rimfire
Biff Rimfire
8 months ago
Reply to  Truckmant

” Prisoner elect “

Mark
Mark
8 months ago

Biden will NEVER make it into the White House

Bemused Berserker
Bemused Berserker
8 months ago

This happened in 2000 as well. Until the legal challenges are decided and the Electoral College determines the winner on Dec. 12th, Dementia Joe’s just SOL.
I’ve looked all through the Constitution for a “President-Elect,” and glory be, that term isn’t in there. You know what is in there? Until January 20th, when Lyin’ Biden’s sworn in, President Trump remains President. We do not have two Presidents at the same time. So Slo-Joe can shove his complaints up Harris’ Arse.

THOMAS
THOMAS
8 months ago

BUCK YOU FIDEN … you have not WON ANYTHING YET !

Patriot
Patriot
8 months ago

hey joe, the media, bloggers and or communist China does not decide the winner of this election. Once the voluminous amount of proof is shown that your party committed massive voter fraud, the only oval office you will be sitting in, is in your basement.

FedUp
FedUp
8 months ago

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

BillA
8 months ago
Reply to  FedUp

WELL SAID !!!!!!!!

Kenneth Frazier
Kenneth Frazier
8 months ago
Reply to  FedUp

Well said FedUp !!!

FedUp
FedUp
8 months 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
8 months 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.

Lynda Moody
Lynda Moody
8 months ago

President Trump should petition SCOTUS to call for a whole new election with NO mail in ballot and only in person voting with ID. Also no voting machines. Those are rigged. And as in Georgia they may be hand recounting by they plan to rescan them back through the same computer system that has the rigged algorithms. Let’s do it the old fashioned way. And also Pfizer and there delayed release of the Corona vaccine is a clear case of collusion with the Democrats.

Ken
Ken
8 months 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
8 months ago
Reply to  Ken

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

THOMAS
THOMAS
8 months ago
Reply to  Ros Fe

Does he even have a mind ?

Disgusted
Disgusted
8 months 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!!

Tony Barreda
8 months ago

America is disgusted with trump’s non action against the COVID. America is upset for the separation of babies from their parents. America will have to foster parent for over 500 children because they do not have any records of who the children’s parents are because they did not take the time to record where are the parents. These kids will eventually become wards of the state who will pay for medical, clothing, food and education services. America is upset at this stupid record keeping and the tremendous cost to the Americans. America is disgusted by the vicious attacks on ethnic groups and the mocking of a handicap. Trump should blame himself for HIS LOSS.

Beverly
Beverly
8 months ago
Reply to  Tony Barreda

If people loaned their children to the coyotes to help sneak folks into this country, or if they sent the kids here alone, they have no standing to complain about anything. They should have been more careful with their kids if they gave a crap about them.

Beverly
Beverly
8 months ago

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

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
8 months ago

As hoopy said, “suck it up.”

Bemused Berserker
Bemused Berserker
8 months ago

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

Tractor Man
Tractor Man
8 months ago

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

A.J.Roberts.
A.J.Roberts.
8 months 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
8 months 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
8 months ago

Buck Fiden ! He is an official A-hole !

Truckmant
Truckmant
8 months ago

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

Kenneth Frazier
Kenneth Frazier
8 months 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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