Donald Trump will try to back up his unsubstantiated accusations of voting fraud by highlighting obituaries of dead people the campaign said voted in the election, campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said. The Joe Biden campaign on Sunday pressed the agency to move ahead saying in a statement that "America's national security and economic interests depend on the federal government signalling clearly and swiftly that the United States government will respect the will of the American people and engage in a smooth and peaceful transfer of power."
Trump, however, has shown no signs he will engage in a transition. Mr Murtaugh said Trump will hold a series of rallies to build support for the legal fights challenging the outcome. Trump also announced teams to pursue recounts in several states. However, experts have said that efforts, like his lawsuits, are unlikely to meet with success.
"The chances of a recount flipping tens of thousands of votes across multiple states in his favour are outside anything we have seen in American history," William Antholis, director of the University of Virginia's Miller Center think tank, wrote in an essay on Sunday.
Biden clinched the presidency on Saturday, four days after the November 3 election, clearing the threshold of 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House. He beat Trump by more than four million votes nationwide, making Trump the first president to lose re-election since 1992.But Trump has not acknowledged defeat and has launched an array of lawsuits to press claims of election fraud for which he has produced no evidence. State officials say they are not aware of any significant irregularities.
Trump has no public events scheduled for Monday, and he has not spoken in public since Thursday. As part of a public campaign to question the election results, he is planning to hold rallies to build support for his fight over the outcome, Mr Murtaugh said. Biden's advisers are moving ahead even still, also considering candidates for top Cabinet posts. But the transition cannot shift into high gear until the U.S. General Services Administration, which oversees federal property, certifies the winner.
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Emily Murphy, the Trump appointee who runs the agency, has not given the go-ahead for the transition to begin. A GSA spokeswoman gave no timetable for the decision. Until then, the GSA can continue providing Biden's team with offices, computers and background checks for security clearances, but they cannot yet enter federal agencies or access federal funds set aside for the transition.