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Politics: GSA Moves Forward With Formal Transition Of Power, Biden’s National Security Picks And More




US President-elect Joe Biden speaks after a meeting with governors in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 19, 2020.
US President-elect Joe Biden speaks after a meeting with governors in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 19, 2020.
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The federal government recognized President-elect Joe Biden as the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3 election, formally starting the transition of power after President Donald Trump spent weeks testing the boundaries of American democracy. Trump relented after suffering yet more legal and procedural defeats in his seemingly futile effort to overturn the election with baseless claims of fraud.

Trump still refused to concede and vowed to continue to fight in court after General Services Administrator Emily Murphy gave the green light Monday for Biden to coordinate with federal agencies ahead of his Jan. 20 inauguration. But Trump did tweet that he was directing his team to cooperate on the transition. Biden is set to formally introduce his national security team to the nation, building out a team of Obama administration alumni that signals his shift away from the Trump administration’s “America First” policies and a return to U.S. engagement on the global stage. The picks for national security and foreign policy posts include former Secretary of State John Kerry, who will take the lead on combating climate change. They’re slated to join Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris at an in-person event in Wilmington, Delaware, Tuesday afternoon, where they’ll each deliver their first remarks as Biden’s nominees. Today on AirTalk, we get the latest updates on the transition process and take a look at the president-elect’s growing number of selections for his administration. Do you have questions? Call us at 866-893-5722. 

With files from the Associated Press 

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Anna Edgerton, politics editor for Bloomberg; she tweets @annaedge4