WASHINGTON – US President-elect Joe Biden said he was not worried about President Donald Trump’s refusal to admit defeat after last week’s national elections, but he considered the situation a “shame” for Trump and the entire country.
“I don’t think this will have a positive impact on the legacy of the president,” Biden told reporters in Wilmington, Delaware, where he prepares to take over the presidency and plans the first steps after his expected inauguration on January 20.
Trump has filed more than a dozen lawsuits in several states in an effort to challenge Biden’s projected election victory.
However, Biden said: “We have already begun the process of transferring power,” while noting that Trump’s refusal to admit defeat “will not change this dynamic.”
“We will consistently move forward, collecting our administration, the White House and analyzing who we will elect to positions in the cabinet. Nothing will stop it, ”Biden assured.
First of all, Biden intends to focus on the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 238,000 Americans, more than in any other country.
Biden admitted he could make a couple of key appointments to his administration before Thanksgiving, which falls on November 26 this year.
“The fact that they don’t want to acknowledge our victory is not a big deal,” he said.
Trump is holding back his administration officials from working with Biden’s representatives to orchestrate the transfer of power.
The Office of General Services, a US government agency, declined to confirm Biden’s alleged victory. Because of this, Biden officials cannot occupy office space in federal departments and receive federal money to fund the transfer of power.
However, Biden did not attach much importance to this.
“We can do without funding,” he said. “I think everything will be crowned with success on January 20.”
Notably, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a staunch Trump ally, expressed similar confidence.
“The transition will go smoothly and we will see what people decide when all votes are cast,” Pompeo told Fox News on Tuesday evening.
But he recalled that the US Constitution specifies how the electors vote, and people must fulfill these requirements.
“We will have a leader at the White House at noon on January 20 and we will continue to pursue American foreign policy,” Pompeo said. “I am confident that we will have a good transition period, and we will make sure that whoever is in office at noon on January 20 has all the tools available so that we do not get confused and can keep the Americans safe.” …