AP has s tory that probably won’t be spotlighted to President Trump….
Despite the media drama?
There IS a LAW covering the transition of power from one American Presidential admin to another…
And 6 months out?
Donald Trump & Co. ARE beginning the process to designating people to handle the change over of power should Joe Biden win the general election in November…
This will involve White House staff actually working with Biden staff while the candidates are competing for the job….
The actual operation is NOT supposed to be handled by political people, something Trump has NIOT been comfortable with…
Before Obama left office, Congress strengthened the transition process. The 2016 election was the first in which the incumbent had to designate a senior White House official to coordinate the whole-of-government transition.
Trump, though, rejected the detailed transition plans prepared for him. He dismissed his transition chief, then-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and his advisers trashed their transition plan days after the election. It created chaos and contributed to the administration’s difficulty vetting for senior jobs and staffing that persisted through much of Trump’s first term.
He is now the first incumbent president who must simultaneously run for another term while taking detailed steps to prepare for the prospect of defeat on Election Day.
While Trump is moving to meet the statutory requirements, some Democrats have expressed doubts that the White House would be fully engaged in the process of preparing the president’s 2020 opponent.
“Given the many questions about the president’s commitment to governance, it is vital that he demonstrate his commitment to transition right out of the box,” said former Obama chief of staff Denis McDonough.
He added, “I’m concerned that this late in an election year there are still no indications the President and his team are taking this responsibility seriously.”
Administration officials insist they are complying with the law, though a key test of their commitment to the spirit of the transition act will come in how the White House council works with Biden’s yet-to-be-announced staff.
The transition act was amended earlier this year, in part because of the Trump experience, to require that transition teams develop ethics plans before they get federal support. Congress also required that senior career officials, rather than political appointees, oversee agency transition plans….