The Ministry of Defense said last night (Washington time and dawn today, Wednesday, Mecca time) that it had received a notification from the Public Services Administration – which is independent but part of the federal government – about the initiation of this government department in the procedures for the transfer of power, in preparation for Biden to take office on January 20. Next January.
The ministry added that it had been contacted by Biden’s transition team, and that it would immediately begin implementing its plan to provide support in accordance with the regulations governing this.
She added that the ministry’s transitional working group will arrange and coordinate all contacts at the Pentagon and the Biden transition team, expressing its willingness to provide post-election services and support in a professional, organized and effective manner commensurate with its commitment to national security.
This development comes shortly after the Services Administration announced that it had informed Biden in a letter that he could officially begin the transfer of power, and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows received a copy of the letter, according to CNN.
The transition team for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris welcomed the decision and considered it a critical administrative procedure for the formal start of the transition process.
Trump agreed to start the formal transfer of power after he had exhausted most of his legal options to turn the election results in his favor, as his campaign lost most of the lawsuits that it had filed in the courts of states that had a major role in deciding the ballot for Biden, such as Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin and Arizona.
The outgoing president was forced to backtrack on his rigid position on permitting the transfer of power shortly after the ratification of the results in Michigan, which Biden won its 16 votes in the 538-member electoral college, who will elect the next president during a session in the middle of next month.
The latest results showed that Biden won 306 of the electoral college votes compared to 232 votes for Trump, and advanced in the popular vote by nearly 6 million votes (80 million versus 74 million).
Despite being given the green light to start the process of handing over power, Trump is still insisting on continuing his legal battles in the hope of reversing the results in some states.
In a tweet he posted yesterday, Trump wrote that despite his belief in victory, for the sake of the United States, he recommended Director of Public Services Emily Murphy and her team to do what is necessary with regard to the initial protocols, referring to his admission of defeat in the elections and the start of procedures for the transfer of power to the president-elect, saying that he informed His team has to do the same.
But the head of the Public Services Department, Emily Murphy, said that starting the presidential transition to Joe Biden is her decision alone, denying any pressure on the decision or its timing.
In the past few days, the outgoing president faced pressure from lawmakers and Republican officials who demanded that he admit defeat and begin the transfer of power.
Republican criticism of Trump’s behavior amounted to the words of Republican Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, in a statement to “CNN,” that Trump is making the country look like a “banana republic.”
On the other hand, the head of the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, Democrat Adam Schiff, warned of the negative repercussions on the national security of his country, because the administration of services overseeing the transfer of power did not approve Biden’s victory.
Meanwhile, US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris said the new administration will inherit unprecedented challenges.
She described the candidates for the positions of State and National Security Council Anthony Blinken and Jake Sullivan that they have experiences and knowledge that allow the protection of America and restore its leadership in the world, as she put it.
Before the official announcement expected today, the president-elect revealed a group of the names of his team members, and said in a tweet yesterday, “The time has come to restore the American leadership, and I am confident in the team I chose to achieve this.”
Biden announced some of the names before the specified date, in a move that reflects his efforts to calm the political clamor in Washington and restore the country to its leadership role on the international scene, according to the French Press Agency.
On Monday, Biden chose veteran politician Anthony Blinken as Secretary of State, and decided to entrust the National Intelligence Administration to Avril Haynes, 51, for the first time in the country’s history, and appointed former Secretary of State John Kerry as a special presidential envoy for climate affairs, pledging to adopt an approach based on experiences After years of turmoil that overshadowed the era of outgoing President Donald Trump.
At the head of the Department of Homeland Security, Biden was named for the first time, of Spanish origin Alejandro Mayorcas, 60, born in Havana, who would oversee immigration issues.
African American Linda Thomas Greenfield (68 years) – who held the position of Assistant Secretary of State for Africa – will be ambassador to the United Nations, and he has also named a close advisor, Jake Sullivan (43 years), to be his national security advisor.
Joe Biden intends to name the former head of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, as secretary of the treasury, according to US media quoting a source close to the US president-elect’s team.
Biden chose experienced politicians, in contrast to the approach adopted by Trump, who often chose inexperienced figures in politics who later turned out to be unsuitable for the position and suddenly left the administration, according to the French Press Agency.