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Sat Nov 21, 2020, 12:07 AM

Here's All the Transition Things Trump Is Denying Biden

President Trump’s refusal to concede the election he lost to Joe Biden has prevented a formal presidential transition from starting, blocking the incoming administration’s access to resources and information to begin governing the country. Instead, Trump has fought on with his circus of toothless legal pursuits, unhinged press conferences by his lawyers, and baseless claims of widespread voter fraud. On Friday, House Democrats called on General Services Administration Chief Emily Murphy, a Trump appointee, to provide a briefing to Congress on why she has so far refused to officially “ascertain” Biden as president-elect, which by law would set off the transition process. In the meantime, here’s what the Biden team is waiting on for the Trump administration to give them before January 20 when Biden will be sworn in:

$10 million for the transition

Incoming Chief of Staff Ron Klain said Murphy’s refusal to formally initiate the transition has prevented Biden’s team from accessing millions in federal funds that would help cover costs associated with the changeover. “There won’t be background checks for the nominees the President-elect will select, which will slow down the confirmation process, which adds to this problem of not having an orderly and seamless transition,” Klain said. Biden’s transition team is also being denied access to federal office space and basic equipment, such as computers.

Intel about national-security threats

Until GSA ascertains he will be the future commander-in-chief, Biden does not have access to classified information about national-security threats or to any members of the intelligence community, such as the CIA director. His running mate, however, does as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris “has access to regular classified briefings and documents up to the top-secret level, and can request intelligence briefings on specific topics,” according to Politico. Harris is legally prohibited from sharing any of that classified information with Biden, who lacks a security clearance, and she still lacks other information she would be entitled to such as the President’s Daily Brief. The PDB includes intelligence on potential terrorist threats and on developing matters overseas. Denying Biden access to intelligence briefings and threat assessments may in itself be a national security risk, history suggests. In 2000, contested results in Florida delayed the transition from Bill Clinton to George W. Bush — a delay that the 9/11 Commission later pointed to as a contributing factor to why the federal government didn’t stop the terrorist attacks the following year. Even in the midst of the recount battle in 2000, Clinton allowed Bush to receive intelligence briefings, information then-Vice President Al Gore was already privy to.

Real-time data on the pandemic

The delayed transition is blocking Biden from tapping into the government’s real-time data on the pandemic and its spread, the most urgent crisis for the incoming administration to address. On Thursday, Biden said the Trump administration has prevented his team from accessing information needed “to deal with everything from testing and guidance to the all-important issue of vaccine distribution and vaccination plan.” A central area of reported concern for the Biden team is assessing where shortages of personal protective equipment are. The team is also walled off from data about the number of available hospital beds, information needed to proceed on Biden’s plan to invest in rapid at-home testing, and the status of prospective vaccines.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/here-s-all-the-transition-things-trump-is-denying-biden/ar-BB1bdn75?li=BBnbfcQ&ocid=DELLDHP

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Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Saturday OP
Cha Saturday #1
canetoad Saturday #2
Rhiannon12866 Saturday #3
Talitha Saturday #5
A HERETIC I AM Saturday #8
peggysue2 Saturday #4
Talitha Saturday #6
uponit7771 Saturday #7

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 12:33 AM

1. Bookmarked.. TY!

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 01:13 AM

2. I'm well aware this comment is redundant

But exactly what kind of so-called leader would be prepared to inflict this manner of uncertainty, insecurity and danger on the country that he professes to want to make 'great'?

The world is witnessing possibly the biggest abrogations of responsibility by an outgoing political leader in the past several centuries. Trump's actions are on a par with the actions in the final days of Hitler, Pol Pot and Idi Amin.

America, when you emerge from this dark time, and you will, it must be burned into your collective will that such a situation will never, ever arise again.

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Response to canetoad (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 01:58 AM

3. +100!

Well said.

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Response to canetoad (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 02:22 AM

5. "... that such a situation will never, ever arise again."

AMEN!!!

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Response to canetoad (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 03:38 AM

8. It needs to be remembered that tens of millions of Americans...

Are absolutely convinced that no one other than Trumpy is capable of doing the job of president. Those millions of Americans actually think that Biden will bring ruin to this country.

Think about that.

We are fucked. Biden has an undoable task in front of him.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 02:12 AM

4. Trump wants to make it as hard as possible for Biden and his team

Out of petty spite. He reportedly claims this is payback for all the investigations of his Administration and the lingering illegitimacy questions regarding the 2016 campaign.

Bottom line--he's a vindictive prick.

As for McConnell and Republican leadership, the stalling silence is a way of throwing up hurdles for the incoming team. A swift and effective vaccine distribution, for instance. If there are problems because of the funding and info delay, the Republicans can tag Biden for the failure in 2022.

Of course, it will be the American public who suffers because these men and women simply do not care about anything but their positions of power and the next election.

Never forget, never forgive.

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Response to peggysue2 (Reply #4)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 02:33 AM

6. "Bottom line--he's a vindictive prick."

Definitely, absolutely, YES!!!

"Never forget, never forgive."
TBH this goes against my nature but dammit, YES.
At this point I say let's give it to them.
They definitely need to be taken out to the woodshed
for a good old fashioned whooping.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 03:31 AM

7. 6, whether or not Trump is using his Storm troopers to threaten politicians in the US

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