With Donald Trump in suspended animation over losing the election….
The Trump side government transition is reported to have come to a halt….
THAT isn’t the case for Trump admin people who ARE now shopping around resume’s because they gotta eat and pay their rent…..
That also isn’t the case for the Biden people, who have more experience running government things and need to be prepared to hit the ground running on January 20th….
A failure to do so would have the Republicans (and Media) beating them up for NOT being up to the task…..
Behind the scenes: Chris Liddell, Trump’s deputy chief of staff for policy coordination, has been working on transition preparations for the past several weeks, but “everything is frozen right now, they’re not doing anything,” a source familiar with his work says.
- Typically at this point, Liddell should be figuring out what priorities they can push through before Jan. 20 and working with the Justice Department to review security clearances for Biden officials.
- While the Biden campaign has posted its own transition page, Emily Murphy, administrator of the General Services Administration, has yet to declare when Biden’s official transition begins.
- Neither may happen until the White House gets on board with the outcome.
One White House official described a scene of chaos and frustration among staff, particularly younger, lower-level aides anxious about finding new jobs.
- “Senior staff can afford to drag it out, but mid to lower … need paychecks and don’t want to get left behind,” the official said.
- The challenge, the official added, is sending out resumes when “we are technically supposed to believe we can win.”
- White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany says, “Having spoken with many younger West Wing staffers, I can tell you that the team fully supports President Trump and the movement behind him.”
The bottom line: One adviser who attended Trump’s election night party at the White House tells me the president had “whiplash” watching his lead diminish over the ensuing days.
- “He went to bed thinking he won. We all felt good,” the Trump adviser said. “That’s why we collectively are still confounded. But there’s only so much you can do now once a big part of the country has decided to move on.”….
A Trump administration appointee is refusing to sign a letter allowing President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team to formally begin its work this week, in another sign the incumbent president has not acknowledged Biden’s victory and could disrupt the transfer of power.
It amounts to a formal declaration by the federal government, outside of the media, of the winner of the presidential race.
But by Sunday evening, almost 36 hours after media outlets projected Biden as the winner, GSA Administrator Emily Murphy had written no such letter. And the Trump administration, in keeping with the president’s failure to concede the election, has no immediate plans to sign one….
“No agency head is going to get out in front of the president on transition issues right now,” said one senior administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. The official predicted that agency heads will be told not to talk to the Biden team.