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Trump company official privately says ‘no transition is in place’ after Biden’s victory

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United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean, John Barsa speaks in Brasilia, Brazil January 28, 2020.

Adriano Machado | Reuters

President Donald Trump’s appearing head of the U.S. Agency for International Development instructed political appointees that the transition of energy to President-elect Joe Biden hasn’t began but.

John Barsa, the appearing deputy administrator of USAID, privately instructed members of his workforce on Monday that, regardless of Biden’s victory, the transition of energy has not began and won’t start till General Services Administration indicators off.

“The only official announcement about an election result that matters is from the head of GSA. So until the head of GSA makes a determination as to who won an election, nothing changes,” Barsa mentioned, in line with a recording of the assembly reviewed by CNBC. “There is no transition in place.”

A spokesman for USAID didn’t return a request for remark.

Emily Murphy, the administrator for the GSA, should signal a letter affirming the election outcomes to ensure that Biden’s transition to obtain the legally mandated thousands and thousands of {dollars} in federal funding. She has but to signal the letter whereas Trump makes an attempt to contend election leads to key states.

The developments additionally come after Barsa introduced the departure of Trump appointee Bonnie Glick from USAID.

USAID is the federal authorities’s company that oversees overseas support and has a funds of over $19 billion. Many overseas leaders, together with the prime minsters of Canada and the United Kingdom, have congratulated Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Barsa’s feedback are the most recent instance of Trump administration officers showing to brush off the outcomes of the election.

At the assembly, USAID management had been plowing forward with Trump administration developments, virtually as if Trump had gained.

On the decision, they introduced a brand new USAID White House liaison. Catharine O’Neill, a former Trump official within the U.S. State Department, would be the new White House liaison for the company, Barsa mentioned.

O’Neill mentioned she was on the marketing campaign earlier than rejoining the administration. She reportedly is the daughter of George O’Neill Jr. a Rockefeller inheritor and conservative author. O’Neill is changing William Maloney, who, as CNBC reported, was being criticized internally from inside the company for the best way he dealt with his position.


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