Trump accepts US presidency transition to Biden must begin


Donald Trump seems to have finally accepted that he lost the US Election at the start of this month.


The outgoing President has accepted that a formal US transition should begin for President-elect Joe Biden to take office.


The POTUS said the federal agency overseeing the handover must "do what needs to be done", even as he vowed to keep contesting his election defeat.


The General Services Administration (GSA) said it was acknowledging Mr Biden as the "apparent winner".


Last night, Biden's victory in the state of Michigan was officially ratified.


This was a huge blow to Trump's claims that he had actually won the election.


The GSA announcement means the president-elect now has access to top security briefings, office space and government officials as he prepares to take office on January 20th.


Interestingly, his transition website has now changed to a US government domain name.


Biden will begin announcing the people he wants in the top jobs in his cabinet later today.


"Today's decision is a needed step to begin tackling the challenges facing our nation, including getting the pandemic under control and our economy back on track," a statement from the Biden team said.


Earlier, Biden unveiled his nominations for his foreign policy and national security team.


Colleagues


To the surprise of few, they are old colleagues from his years in the Obama administration.


He is set to appoint Anthony Blinken as secretary of state and John Kerry as climate envoy.


Janet Yellen is tipped to be the first female US treasury secretary.


GSA administrator Emily Murphy said she was making $6.3m in funds available to the president-elect.


Trump tweeted:


"In the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same."


He did not concede, however, and went on to repeat unsubstantiated claims of corruption.


Whether he concedes or not, on January 20th, Joe Biden will become the President of the United States of America.