Trump accepts transition to Biden must begin

Washington – Donald Trump has accepted a formal US transition should begin for President-elect Joe Biden to take office.

The president said the federal agency overseeing the handover must “do what needs to be done”, even as he vowed to keep contesting his election defeat.

The General Services Administration (GSA) said it was acknowledging Biden as the “apparent winner”.

This came as Biden’s victory in the state of Michigan was officially certified, a major blow to Trump.

Following the GSA announcement, the Pentagon said it would provide “support to the Biden team… in a professional, orderly, and efficient manner that is befitting of the public’s expectation of the Department and our commitment to national security”.

And Biden’s transition website was changed to a US government domain.

The Biden campaign welcomed the start of the transition processes as the Democratic president-elect gears up to be sworn in on 20 January.

“Today’s decision is a needed step to begin tackling the challenges facing our nation, including getting the pandemic under control and our economy back on track,” said a team statement.

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