President Donald Trump still refuses to accept the results of the 2020 election, in which President-elect Joe Biden defeated him with 306 electoral votes—the same number of electoral votes Trump won with in 2016.
As the President tweets lie after lie about widespread voter fraud tipping the election to Biden, Trump's administration is stonewalling attempts from the incoming Biden team to begin coordinating a peaceful transition of power.
General Services Administration head Emily Murphy is refusing to sign off on the paperwork allocating funds and office space for Biden's team to begin coordinating the transition.
The longer this refusal to accept reality continues, the less time Biden's staff will have to evaluate government data to formulate a plan for January 20th, when Biden will officially be inaugurated.
This could be particularly harmful in the face of the pandemic that's killed nearly 250 thousand Americans.
National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases director, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said that he was "concerned" about Trump's delay of the transition, especially in light of promising vaccine trials and the coordination their rollouts will take.
Now, even Brian Kilmeade—co-host of Fox and Friends on the conservative Fox News network—is urging Trump to begin coordinating with Biden to finally strategize a plan to end the virus that's upended every facet of daily life in the United States.
"I think it's in the country's best interest if he starts coordinating on the virus, starts coordinating with security, with the Biden team and just brief them, because on the virus—we're gonna be able to get this out as soon as two weeks. We need to coordinate on the transportation and implementation, and he'll see how thorough the planning has been so we don't drop the ball in a little while."
Trump is a frequent call-in guest and watcher of Fox and Friends, so it's likely the President saw the broadcast. Judging by his tweets falsely claiming that he won Michigan—which Biden carried by nearly 150 thousand votes—and that thousands of fraudulent votes were found in Georgia, he's not heeding Kilmeade's advice.
Even if the results in Michigan and Georgia were overturned, Trump would still be six votes shy of the 270 electoral votes required to take the presidency.
There were a variety of reactions to Kilmeade's unexpected call for Trump to begin the transition.
While Kilmeade stressed that beginning the transition process was "in the country's best interest," Trump's critics insisted that the President only cares about his personal interest.
President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be inaugurated on January 20th, but it's up to the Trump administration whether or not they'll have the resources to begin effectively governing on day one.