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Politics 164 business leaders urge Trump to begin presidential transition for the sake of the country

22:10  23 november  2020
22:10  23 november  2020 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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A small but growing group of Republican lawmakers are calling on President Trump to begin the transition of power to Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, became the latest GOP senator late Sunday night to issue a statement pushing for the Trump administration to start the presidential transition process.

More than 160 of the nation’s top business executives, including several who have been major donors to the Republican Party, urged the Trump administration to accept the results of the 2020 presidential election and begin the transition process.

Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: A letter signed by dozens of business leaders say it is time to begin the presidential transition process and recognize that Joe Biden is the president-elect. © Carolyn Kaster/AP A letter signed by dozens of business leaders say it is time to begin the presidential transition process and recognize that Joe Biden is the president-elect.

A letter published Monday by the Partnership for New York City said ongoing delays in the transition process are putting the country at risk. President Trump has adamantly refused to concede the Nov. 3 race to Democrat Joe Biden, citing baseless claims of voter fraud in several key states, and his administration has yet to take the first steps needed to begin the official changeover. Its 164 signatories included Mastercard chief executive Ajay Banga, Goldman Sachs chairman and CEO David M. Solomon and Condé Nast CEO Roger Lynch.

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Senior GOP senator urges Trump to begin Biden transition . President Trump has had the opportunity to litigate his claims, and the courts have found them without merit,” she said. “ President Trump should accept the outcome of the election and facilitate the presidential transition process.”

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“Every day that an orderly presidential transition process is delayed, our democracy grows weaker in the eyes of our own citizens and the nation’s stature on the global stage is diminished,” the letter reads. “Our national interest and respect for the integrity of our democratic process requires that the administrator of the federal General Services Administration immediately ascertain that Joseph R. Biden and Kamala D. Harris are the president-elect and vice president-elect so that a proper transition can begin. Withholding resources and vital information from an incoming administration puts the public and economic health and security of America at risk.”

Kathryn Wylde, the partnership’s president and CEO, said in an email to The Post that New York Attorney General Letitia James had asked her to join a Friday call with the New York business leaders to weigh in on the presidential transition. The group decided that “it is essential that the transition proceed and that the business community has a responsibility to make that case.”

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" President Trump has had the opportunity to litigate his claims, and the courts have thus far found them without merit," she said in a statement. The Biden team has begun raising money to fund its own transition . Murkowski is one of the first Republican senators to congratulate the president -elect

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The signatories represent a range of industries, Wylde said, including many who count themselves as Republican or independent.

“This isn’t about partisan politics, but about protecting our democracy,” James said in an emailed statement. “Without the rule of law and an orderly transfer of power, everything from commerce to health care delivery to national security is in peril, and our business leaders can see that as clearly as the rest of us.”

The head of the General Services Administration, Emily Murphy, is legally responsible for deciding when the transition can begin but has refused to acknowledge Biden as president-elect. Almost three weeks after Election Day, the Trump appointee has told agencies that this first step could still be weeks away. Her inaction means Biden cannot access millions of dollars needed to facilitate the transfer of power.

“America is being ravaged by a deadly pandemic with enormous social and economic consequences,” the letter reads. “The attention and energy of public and private sector leaders should be entirely focused on uniting our country to fight the coronavirus, provide aid to those in need, prevent further business disruption and loss of jobs, and invest in our economic recovery and revitalization.”

The Partnership for New York City is a nonprofit made up of business leaders and employers from 311 companies that seek to bridge gaps between global industries and government.

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