Trump news live: Latest updates as loyal allies demand Biden transition

President-elect Joe Biden with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris participate in a virtual meeting with the United States Conference of Mayors at the Queen in Wilmington, Delaware, on 23 November, 2020

Donald Trump finally ordered the transition to begin “in the best interests of our country.”

Mr Trump took to Twitter to say that he was continuing his fight over the election but that he had given GSA head Emily Murphy permission to work with Mr Biden’s team.

As Michigan certifies its election results and awards its electors to Joe Biden,  the president-elect has pushed ahead with his transition plans despite the lack of cooperation from the current administration.

Mr Biden has named a host of nominees to national security roles, including Antony Blinken as the next US secretary of state as he prepares to undo Donald Trump’s “America First” foreign policy.

It was also revealed that Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen will be nominated to be the first female secretary of the Treasury. Mr Biden looks set to fulfill his promise to appoint many women into senior positions, including as head of intelligence, UN ambassador, and potentially several other roles.

In other news, Stephen Schwarzman, one of Mr Trump’s closest allies, has said the election is over and the president must “move on”.  

The businessman, who is chief executive of The Blackstone Group, urged Mr Trump to accept he has lost and allow the Biden team the resources necessary to transition into the White House.  

He told news website Axios he was a “fan of good process” and “the country should move on” as the outcome of the 3 November vote was “very certain today”.  

More than 100 former Republican national security officials have also signed a letter demanding party leaders denounce Donald Trump’s refusal to concede the presidential election, labelling it a dangerous and anti-democratic assault on US institutions.    

Meanwhile, first lady Melania Trump took delivery of the Trumps’ last White House Christmas tree, as two turkeys named Corn and Cob rest up in a downtown DC hotel ahead of the traditional Thanksgiving presidential pardon tomorrow.


Trump’s transition remarks called ‘a passing attempt at adulthood’

The president’s move to allow his administration to work with Joe Biden’s transition team was welcomed by Stacey Abrams.

Graeme Massie24 November 2020 00:21


Michigan governor welcomes certification of election results

Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer has welcomed the certification of the state’s election results.

Ms Whitmer, a favourite target of Donald Trump, took to Twitter to commend the three members of the state’s Board of Canvassers who officially awarded the win to Joe Biden.

Graeme Massie23 November 2020 22:55


Carl Bernstein says 21 GOP senators contemptuous of Trump

Graeme Massie23 November 2020 23:02


Trump finally orders transition to start ‘in the best interest of our country’

Graeme Massie23 November 2020 23:49


Trump finally orders transition to Biden

President takes to Twitter to say he has authorised his administration to work with Joe Biden “in the best interest of our country.”

Graeme Massie23 November 2020 23:36


Trump lawyers now claim election certification is just ‘procedural step’

Despite trying to prevent battleground states certifying their election results, Donald Trump’s legal team now say they are not important.

Graeme Massie23 November 2020 22:44


“Every worst instinct in mankind has been played on [by Trump], and for me that’s just anathema,” Back to the Future star Michael J Fox told The Guardian, before likening the president to the villain from the movie, Biff Tannen.

Oliver O’Connell23 November 2020 22:19


No mask, but he did wear an inflatable Trump pool toy

If you were following the live blog on Saturday, you might remember this charming maskless man who deliberately exhaled over two women protesting the president outside Trump National Golf Club.

Louise Hall reports on what happened next.

Oliver O’Connell23 November 2020 20:44


Senator Lamar Alexander hopes for ‘prompt and orderly transition’

Senator Lamar Alexander has some words of wisdom for Donald Trump as the election comes to a “formal end”.

The Tennessee Republican hopes for a “prompt and orderly transition to help the new administration succeed”.

He sagely adds: “When you are in public life, people remember the last thing you do.”

Oliver O’Connell23 November 2020 22:25


Secret Service agents asked about relocating to Florida, report says

ABC News reports sources as saying that Secret Service agents in Donald Trump’s security detail have been asked if they’re interested in transferring to Palm Beach, Florida.

The source also says that the Miami field office has begun looking at physical reinforcements to Mar-a-Lago, and “updates” to the living quarters are underway should the Trumps relocate there on a more permanent basis after 20 January.

They changed their residency to Florida in 2019, which many saw as an admission that they realise they may no longer be welcome in New York. There are also significant tax benefits to living in the sunshine state.

Mr Trump has yet to officially concede the election to Joe Biden, though his path to overturning the results has narrowed significantly.

The Secret Service does not comment on deployments and allocation of resources a spokesperson told ABC, and the Trump Organisation declined to comment.

Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, Florida

(AP / Carolyn Kaster)

Oliver O’Connell23 November 2020 22:04

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