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Changeover starts as Trump’s hopes fade

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US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has in­sisted that he is not giv­ing up his fight to over­turn the elec­tion re­sults, but across the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, prepa­ra­tions are be­gin­ning in earnest to sup­port Pres­i­dent-elect Joe Bi­den’s in­com­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Fol­low­ing the Gen­eral Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s (GSA) ac­knowl­edg­ment of Bi­den’s vic­tory in the Novem­ber 3 elec­tion, ca­reer fed­eral of­fi­cials have opened the doors of agen­cies to hun­dreds of tran­si­tion aides ready to pre­pare for Bi­den’s Jan­uary 20 in­au­gu­ra­tion.

Yes­ter­day, Trump signed off on al­low­ing Bi­den to re­ceive the pres­i­den­tial daily brief, the highly clas­si­fied brief­ing pre­pared by the na­tion’s in­tel­li­gence com­mu­nity for the gov­ern­ment’s most se­nior lead­ers.

Bi­den said he was also work­ing out a meet­ing with the White House’s coro­n­avirus task force and vac­cine dis­tri­bu­tion ef­fort.

‘‘I think we’re go­ing to not be so far be­hind the curve as we thought we might be in the past,’’ he said. ‘‘And there’s a lot of im­me­di­ate dis­cus­sion – and, I must say, the out­reach has been sin­cere.’’

The Bi­den tran­si­tion had been in con­tact with all fed­eral agen­cies about tran­si­tion plan­ning, ac­cord­ing to a tran­si­tion of­fi­cial.

But Trump, who has not for­mally con­ceded to Bi­den – and may never – con­tin­ued to sow doubt about the vote, de­spite his own ad­min­is­tra­tion’s as­sess­ment that it was con­ducted with­out wide­spread fraud, mis­con­duct or in­ter­fer­ence.

‘‘The GSA does not de­ter­mine who the next Pres­i­dent of the United States will be,’’ Trump tweeted yes­ter­day, as his le­gal team con­tin­ued to mount seem­ingly fu­tile chal­lenges to the re­sults in bat­tle­ground states.

An in­creas­ing num­ber of Repub­li­cans have been pub­licly ac­knowl­edg­ing Bi­den’s vic­tory, af­ter weeks of tol­er­at­ing Trump’s

base­less claims of fraud.

Repub­li­can al­lies filed two more law­suits yes­ter­day to try to stop the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of re­sults. One in Min­nesota was swiftly re­jected by a state court be­fore the state cer­ti­fied its re­sults for Bi­den. Soon af­ter­wards, another was filed in Wis­con­sin, which won’t cer­tify un­til De­cem­ber 1.

Declar­ing ‘‘Amer­ica is back’’, Bi­den has given his first sub­stan­tive in­di­ca­tion of how he will shift from Trump-era ‘‘Amer­ica First’’ poli­cies by re­ly­ing on ex­perts from the Demo­cratic es­tab­lish­ment to be some of his most im­por­tant ad­vis­ers.

‘‘These pub­lic ser­vants will restore Amer­ica glob­ally, its global lead­er­ship and its moral lead­er­ship,’’ Bi­den said yes­ter­day as he in­tro­duced his new na­tional se­cu­rity team. ‘‘It’s a team that re­flects the fact that Amer­ica is back, ready to lead the world, not re­treat from it.’’

The nom­i­nees are all Wash­ing­ton vet­er­ans with ties to for­mer pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, a sign of Bi­den’s

ef­fort to re­sume some form of nor­mal­ity af­ter the tu­mult of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s four years in of­fice.

Bi­den’s cabi­net picks in­clude sev­eral women and peo­ple of colour, some of whom would break bar­ri­ers if con­firmed to their new po­si­tions. They in­clude Avril Haines, a for­mer deputy direc­tor of the CIA, as direc­tor of na­tional in­tel­li­gence, the first wo­man to hold that post.

Bi­den said he had been ‘‘struck’’ by how world lead­ers had re­peat­edly told him dur­ing con­grat­u­la­tory phone calls that they were look­ing for­ward to the US ‘‘re­assert­ing its his­toric role as a global leader’’ un­der his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Trump, who has de­bated re­cently whether to mount another pres­i­den­tial cam­paign in 2024, ap­peared to de­fend his world view yes­ter­day. ‘‘We shouldn’t go away from that – Amer­ica First,’’ he said at the an­nual tur­key par­don, a light­hearted pre-Thanks­giv­ing White House tra­di­tion.

‘‘Amer­ica is back, ready to lead the world, not re­treat from it.’’ US Pres­i­den­t­elect Joe Bi­den

 ?? AP ?? An elec­tion worker scans bal­lots in Ge­or­gia, where a sec­ond re­count is un­der way at Don­ald Trump’s re­quest as the US pres­i­dent’s le­gal team con­tin­ues to mount seem­ingly fu­tile chal­lenges to the re­sults in bat­tle­ground states.
AP An elec­tion worker scans bal­lots in Ge­or­gia, where a sec­ond re­count is un­der way at Don­ald Trump’s re­quest as the US pres­i­dent’s le­gal team con­tin­ues to mount seem­ingly fu­tile chal­lenges to the re­sults in bat­tle­ground states.

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