The official managing the Pentagon’s transition work with President-elect Joe Biden’s landing team said that the first meeting was held virtually on Tuesday morning and that he expected daily meetings to come. (Nov. 24)
USA TODAY’S coverage of the 2020 election and President-elect Biden’s transition continues this week as states certify their vote counts. President Donald Trump has yet to concede the race but his administration Monday cleared the way for Biden’s team to have access to federal resources and briefings during the transition.
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President Donald Trump canceled a trip that had been under consideration Wednesday to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where state lawmakers are holding an event to raise questions about the outcome of the contest in the pivotal battleground.
In Gettysburg, Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is joining other Republicans at a Pennsylvania Senate Majority Policy Committee meeting on election issues and alleged irregularities.
Though the trip was not listed on Trump’s public schedule, the White House had gathered the group of traveling reporters – known as the press “pool” – for a trip to Pennsylvania. Reporters were later told it was called off.
The decision to bow out is only the latest indication that aides close to Trump are divided about the path forward, with some acknowledging privately that Democrat Joe Biden won the election but others pushing Trump to continue to fight.
Trump and his legal team have leveled allegations of widespread voting problems in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, but have not provided evidence to back up the claims. Pennsylvania has already certified the results of the election, confirming Biden won with a margin of 80,555 votes and handing the Democrat the state’s 20 electoral votes.
A federal judge in the state dismissed a lawsuit from the Trump campaign over the weekend in a scathing order that cited “strained legal arguments” that were “unsupported by evidence.” That case is pending before the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
– John Fritze
China’s Xi congratulates Joe Biden, Putin still a holdout
Chinese President’s Xi Jinping on Wednesday congratulated Joe Biden on his election win, among the last world leaders to do so.
Biden will face a series of difficult decisions on U.S.-China policy, including how aggressively to confront the country’s human rights violations, trade practices and regional aggression.
Xi’s congratulations came after the Trump administration cleared the way for Biden to begin his official transition, although President Donald Trump continues to contest the election and make unfounded allegations of…