WASHINGTON, US: The United States President Donald Trump’s reluctance to concede the race to Democratic nominee Joe Biden puts the vital work of handing over the reins of government to the next administration at risk.
There is a 78-day window for transition work between Election Day and the January's swearing-in. President Trump said that the election is far from over.
In 2000, George W. Bush had to take 37 days to formally prepare for his presidency, that too after the Supreme Court’s Dec. 12 ruling in Bush v. Gore.
Trump said that it will take longer than what President Bush had to endure. He added that he will not rest until the citizens have the honest vote count they deserve.
However, as per the reports, first lady Melania Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner have asked him to concede.
After the electoral college system, 270 electoral votes will help a candidate secure his position.
Former vice president Joe Biden has secured 290 electoral votes including the key states such as Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada, Georgia and Pennsylvania. However, Trump won the Texas electoral college despite the state showing signs of flipping.
Biden's team has begun the informal work of transition; preparing to name some early White House appointees soon and hold the first meeting of his coronavirus task force.
The 57-year-old Presidential Transition Act gives the administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA) power to formally ascertain the apparent winner. GSA is currently a Trump appointee.
Odisha sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a 25 foot-long sculpture of US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris congratulating them for the historic win against incumbent President Donald Trump.