Washington DC: Trump authorises transition

Washington DC: Trump authorises transition

 President Donald Trump finally agreed this week to facilitate a formal transition of power to President-elect Joe Biden. It means Biden and his team can now access federal funds, hold meetings with government officials, and be included in security briefings. Trump continues to insist that he will “keep up the good fight” to prove that the election was marred by fraud. However, his chances of victory in that effort are diminishing. This week, Biden was officially certified as having won Pennsylvania, Nevada and Michigan. Days earlier, a Republican district judge in Pennsylvania had dismissed a lawsuit that sought to invalidate millions of votes in the state. Around 30 such actions have now been thrown out or withdrawn. Following that defeat, Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani (above) held a chaotic press conference, at which he tried to draw parallels between the case and the plot of the 1992 comedy My Cousin Vinny. Growing agitated, he started to sweat, and rivulets of what appeared to be hair dye ran down his face – prompting much mirth online. The next day, Trump ally Chris Christie called the president’s legal team a “national embarrassment”, noting that the lawyers keep claiming to have evidence of fraud that they never actually present in court.

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