US election 2020: Biden to announce Covid taskforce as Trump still protests defeat– live updates

US election 2020: Biden to announce Covid taskforce as Trump still protests defeat– live updatesNovember 9, 2020

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Having said all of that, about Trump not being able to stop the transition of power, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility for him to throw some spanners into those works. Tom McCarthy reports:

Donald Trump’s refusal to acknowledge his loss in the 2020 presidential election has fed concerns that the presidential transition would be sabotaged, as a Trump appointee refused to sign off on funding for the transition and the Trump campaign announced an expanded legal strategy in a quest to reverse the election result.

Related: Donald Trump’s refusal to concede sparks transition sabotage fears

Jan Wolfe at Reuters has put this together looking at whether Joe Biden can transition into power despite Donald Trump’s objections. Somewhat reassuringly, he says the answer is yes.

He writes that the Presidential Transition Act of 1963 makes career civil servants vital to the transfer of power. They face deadlines for providing data and access to incoming officials.

Related: Will Trump accept defeat and leave the White House? Yes, experts say

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