US election: Trump's staff blocks Biden from his congratulatory notes

US election: Trump's staff blocks Biden from his congratulatory notes

- President Donald Trump has continued to insist he won the US election

- His rival Joe Biden's team has complained over his refusal to facilitate a smooth transition

- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a close Trump confidant, opened the pandora's box by declaring the 74-year-old won't hand over power

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The United States presidential election has taken a new twist after outgoing President Donald Trump blocked President-elect Joe Biden from accessing felicitations from leaders across the world.

US election: Donald Trump's administration blocks Joe Biden from accessing congratulatory messages

US President Donald Trump is reportedly frustrating Biden's transition process. Photo: Getty Images.
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According to a report by CNN, dozens of messages have not been received by Biden after the state department refused to release them after the Republican leader refused to accept results of the highly contested election.

Even though Biden has talked with various foreign leaders, he has reportedly lacked the logistical and translation support normally provided by the state department operations centre.

US election: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Trump won't hand over power

The 45th US president was also reported to have obstructed Biden from accessing the same intelligence briefs he gets signalling tough transition times for the Democrat ahead of his swearing-in ceremony in January 2021.

In previous elections, the state department ensured a smooth transition process by ensuring everything that was needed by the incoming president was provided on time.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that speaking to reporters on Tuesday, November 10, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a close Trump confidant opened the pandora's box by declaring the 74-year-old won't hand over power.

“There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration. When the process is complete, there will be electors selected. There’s a process. The Constitution lays it out pretty clearly."

Biden's legal team is on the other hand considering a legal action to force Trump's administration to begin the transition process, Forbes reported.

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The General Services Administration (GSA) which is mandated to recognise the president-elect is yet to do so raising eyebrows despite Biden leading with 279 Electoral Colleges and having surpassed the requited 270 mark with four states yet to announce results.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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