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President Trump refuses to concede election as Biden prepares transition

Arirang News
Arirang News
승복 안한 트럼프, 협조 금지 지시…바이든 "망신스럽다"

President Trump's campaign is mounting legal challenges to the results of the election in several states, and in the mean time he's refusing to concede the race to the apparent winner, Joe Biden.
And he's ordered angencies in the executive branch not to cooperate with Biden's transition team.
Our Kim Do-yeon has the details.
Virtually all of the media have projected Joe Biden to be the next president of the United States, and many world leaders have already sent their congratulations.
But President Trump still refuses to concede, and he has ordered the departments in the executive branch not to cooperate with Biden's transition team.
Among those holding the president's line is the head of the State Department, Secretary Mike Pompeo.
"There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration. All right? We're ready. The world is watching what's taking place. We're going to count all the votes."
Comments like that prompted Joe Biden to break his silence on Trump's intransigence.
"Well, I just think it's an embarrassment, quite frankly. The only thing that, how can I say this tactfully? I think it will not help the president's legacy."
Biden went on to say that nothing is going to stop his team from going forward with its transition work.
"We've announced yesterday as you know the health group we put together, today, we're going to be going moving along in a, in a consistent manner, putting together our administration, the White House, and reviewing who we're going to pick for cabinet positions. And nothing's going to stop that."
But for the president-elect's team to get the resources it needs to do its work, the General Services Administration has to officially "ascertain" the winner of the election, something it usually does after the race has been called by the media.
This entitles the winner to funding and the classified information needed by their team.
But with Trump mounting legal challenges, the GSA has yet to make its ascertainment, drawing comparisons to the disputed election of 2000, when the agency didn't acknowledge a winner until about a month later.
Kim Do-yeon, Arirang News.
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