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Trump reluctantly accepts transition with Biden

He has never been so close to admitting his defeat: the outgoing American president finally gave the green light on Monday evening to the process of transfer of power to his Democratic successor, who had started, without waiting, to draw his government .

He has never been so close to admitting his defeat: the outgoing American president finally gave the green light on Monday evening to the process of transfer of power to his Democratic successor, who had started, without waiting, to draw his government .

(AFP) – After more than two weeks of a refusal unprecedented in American political history, Donald Trump was however still careful not to directly recognize the victory of the Democrat. He promised on Twitter to continue a “fair fight” while he multiplies the legal remedies, without success, to try to demonstrate fraud during the presidential election of November 3. And “I believe we will triumph,” he said.

“Nevertheless”, nuanced the outgoing American president, “in the best interests of our country, I recommend” that the government agency in charge of the transfer of power do “what is necessary concerning the protocols, and I asked to my team to do the same ”. Joe Biden’s team immediately took note of a step allowing “a peaceful and smooth transfer of power”.

The Democrat is preparing his entry into the White House on January 20 with several senior figures who served under Barack Obama, such as Antony Blinken, future head of American diplomacy, or Janet Yellen, approached at the Treasury. Former Secretary of State John Kerry, 76, will also return to Washington as the president’s special climate envoy, a sign of the importance Joe Biden attaches to this issue.

“Banana Republic”

There was no longer any doubt that the Democrat would become the 46th President of the United States. But Donald Trump’s denial so far has notably meant that the president-elect still does not have access to classified information on ultra-sensitive issues concerning the security of the United States, as is customary. He also could not begin to coordinate with the Trump team the management of the covid-19 pandemic which has claimed more than 257,000 lives in the United States.

The outgoing president had become more and more isolated in his call on Republicans to “fight” in justice, big names in his party seeing even in the behavior of Donald Trump’s lawyers “a national disgrace”, worthy of “a banana republic ”. The Tokyo Stock Exchange soared to open Tuesday morning after the billionaire gave the green light to the transition process.

“Relieved”

“I need a team ready on the first day”, made up of people “experienced and experienced in crises”, Joe Biden explained on Monday, giving the first big names in his future government. At 78 years old, the old politician is also trying to put together a team “that looks” like Americans, with more emphasis on women and minorities.

He thus plans, according to a source in his entourage, to appoint former President of the Central Bank Janet Yellen, 74, to the Treasury, a position held only by men so far. Alejandro Mayorkas, for his part, is expected to become the first Hispanic Minister of Homeland Security. An experienced African-American diplomat, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, 68, will become an ambassador to the UN.

Joe Biden also drew from the pool of his relatives. Antony Blinken, 58, who is due to become his secretary of state, was until then one of his main diplomatic advisers. Former number two in the State Department under President Barack Obama, this fervent supporter of multilateralism should, if confirmed in the Senate, tackle the Iranian nuclear issue as a priority.

A woman at the head of National Intelligence

For Barack Obama, the allies of the United States, mistreated over the past four years, “will be very relieved to see people like Tony arrive” Blinken. John Kerry will for his part be immediately responsible for bringing the United States back to the Paris agreement that he negotiated in 2015 and that Donald Trump then tore up. He promised to treat “the climate crisis like the urgent national security threat that it is.”

The president-elect also intends to appoint Avril Haines, 51, director of national intelligence – she would be the first woman to hold the post – and Jake Sullivan, 43, national security adviser. Joe Biden and his future vice president Kamala Harris, will make a speech to formally announce these appointments Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware.

The Democrat won nearly 80 million votes in the poll, against just under 74 million for Donald Trump. But the American presidency is played out through a system of large voters allocated in each state. Despite strong pressure exerted on local officials of the Republican Party in recent days, a commission validated as scheduled Monday the victory of Joe Biden in the key state of Michigan.


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