GSA gives President -Elect Biden’s team go ahead to begin formal transition process

President Trump is slated to make the transition in 58 days and is now thanking those he's work with during term

(ABC News) — Washington, DC —General Services Administration Administrator Emily Murphy on Tuesday gave President-elect Joe Biden‘s team approval to begin the formal transition process, 16 days after he clinched the presidency.

The green light came as President Donald Trump said he recommended the move, despite Murphy’s insistence that she acted independently and was never pressured by the White House.

President Donald Trump is slated to hand over control of the White House to President-elect Joe Biden in 58 days.

Donald Trump responded to Joe Biden’s ascertainment on Twitter Monday evening by first thanking his General Services Administration appointee Emily Murphy for her service and, in a direct contraction of her letter, which said there was no political influence behind her decision, took credit for telling Murphy to move forward with the process.

“I want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our Country,” Trump tweeted, adding that his case “STRONGLY continues.” However, Trump hasn’t been able to substantiate any claims of voter fraud — at least 30 lawsuits from Trump and his allies have ended in court losses.

“Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same,” Trump said in a tweet.

Biden transition official Yohannes Abraham also reacted to the news, calling the decision,

“a needed step to begin tackling the challenges facing our nation, including getting the pandemic under control and our economy back on track.”

-ABC News’ Molly Nagle and Jordyn Phelps

GSA determines Biden apparent winner of election

ABC News can report that the General Services Administration has informed the Biden camp that he has been determined to be the apparent winner of the election.The move allows the president-elect’s transition team access to government resources and comes after Biden warned that American lives may be at risk without a formal transition.Emily Murphy, head of the General Services Administration, a 2017 Trump appointee, sent Biden a letter Monday afternoon telling him his transition could begin. She also defended her position as she’s come under fire from Democrats in recent weeks for delaying the process.

A transition official for Biden confirmed to ABC News he has received the letter.

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