After the mainstream media declared Democratic nominee Joe Biden the winner of this month’s presidential race, President Donald Trump has faced mounting pressure to concede the election and begin the transition process ahead of Inauguration Day in January.
When confronted with such concerns by reporters this week, however, White House Kayleigh McEnany reminded them of the “inexcusable” opposition she believes Trump received during his 2017 transition, as reported by Fox News.
“Very real claims”
One of the Biden team’s most prominent complaints is the fact that the race has not been granted an ascertainment decision from the General Services Administration as required by statutory law.
Such a formal declaration is needed to enable a president-elect’s transition team to receive funds, security clearances, and access to high-level briefings in advance of taking office.
McEnany responded to one reporter’s question regarding whether Trump would concede the race and allow the transition to commence, asserting that “ongoing litigation” and “very real claims” of election irregularities in key swing states across the United States remain unresolved.
“This was a system that had never been tried in American history: mass mail-out voting,” she said. “It’s one that we have identified as being particularly prone to fraud. So those claims deserve to be pursued.”
As for the GSA, McEnany denied the Trump administration had applied any pressure to top officials in an effort to withhold ascertainment and funding from Biden’s team. Politico noted that, regardless of the agency’s decision, the Biden team has millions in donor funding in its coffers as the nominee continues to advance as though he has already been certified as president-elect.
“There were no calls for unity”
“Absolutely not,” she declared, insisting that the agency will make a “determination of ascertainment at the right moment.”
In the meantime, McEnany said that “there’s a constitutional process that’s being played out” and active court litigation.
“But the GSA will determine when ascertainment is reached,” she said.
When the issue resurfaced later in the press event, the White House spokeswoman offered the reporters a history lesson.
McEnany explained: “While, in 2016, President Trump became the duly elected President, many sought to undermine him, discredit him, delegitimize him, and deny his victory. There were no calls for unity; there were no calls for healing. So while every legal vote is counted, let us not forget the inexcusable transition, or lack thereof, that President Trump had to endure in 2016 and four years into his presidency.”