(Washington) Joe Biden will unveil his first choices for the future US government on Tuesday, continuing to set up his team two months away from his inauguration despite Donald Trump’s increasingly desperate attempts to reverse the presidential result of the November 3.
“You will see the first appointments of the government of the president-elect Tuesday of this week,” Ron Klain, the future chief of staff of Mr. Biden, said on ABC, without wishing to specify the portfolios concerned or some of the names.
“We’ll have to wait until the president-elect does it himself on Tuesday,” before the Thanksgiving long weekend, he said.
Mr. Biden has already named several close advisers who will surround him in the White House but the suspense persists on his government which should “represent America”, diverse and feminized.
Donald Trump and his lawyers, on the other hand, are continuing their multiple legal actions, denouncing massive electoral fraud without having provided concrete proof for the moment.
Nationally, Joe Biden won nearly 80 million votes in the ballot, against just under 74 million for the Republican billionaire.
But the presidency is played out through a system of electors allocated in each state. One by one, the key states that have tipped over to the Democratic side must certify their results.
The billionaire on Sunday called on the Republican Party to “fight” not to let the Democrats “destroy the evidence” of this alleged fraud.
The day before, he had suffered another setback in Pennsylvania, one of the key states in this election, where a judge firmly rejected the allegations of fraud.
The magistrate’s decision paves the way for Mr. Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania to be certified, which is due to happen on Monday.
Severe, Judge Matthew Brann said Mr. Trump’s team presented “baseless legal arguments and hypothetical charges” in his complaint about postal voting in Pennsylvania.
The move led Republican Senator from Pennsylvania Pat Toomey to recognize Joe Biden’s victory. Mr. Trump’s lawyers have “exhausted all judicial options to challenge the results” of the poll in this state, he said.
The Republicans also asked the authorities in Michigan, won by Mr. Biden with 155,000 votes in advance, to postpone the certification of results scheduled for Monday for 14 days, denouncing irregularities.
This attitude is “harmful”, said Ron Klain on Sunday, “but that will not change the outcome of what will happen on January 20 at noon, Joe Biden will become the next president of the United States”.
Within the Republican Party, a growing number of officials are calling on the president to concede defeat, or at least agree to Mr. Biden’s transition team working with the outgoing administration.
For former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a member of Mr. Trump’s 2016 transition team, the behavior of the president’s lawyers is “a national disgrace.”
Republican Governor of Maryland Larry Hogan even said on CNN that the United States was starting to look like “a banana republic.” And on the same channel, the president’s former national security adviser John Bolton likened legal remedies to “throwing stones at windows”.
“People don’t have to say that what Mr. Trump is doing is a disgrace, just that it’s wrong, I’d be happy with that,” he added.
North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer defended the president’s insistence on ensuring the fairness of the ballot, while adding on NBC that it was “high time to start the transition.”
And California elected official Devin Nunes, a staunch supporter of the president, appeared to recognize Joe Biden as the winner.
“Here is a guy who is getting closer as best he can to the presidency, the first to have succeeded in his campaign from his cellar without really having gone out and having met people,” he commented, speaking of the former vice-president. 78-year-old president, who has campaigned largely on-line because of the coronavirus pandemic.