Traditionally, the State Department supports correspondence with the president-elect, which is why many countries have begun sending messages to US diplomacy headquarters over the weekend.
But Biden has been blocked by the Trump administration from gaining access to State Department resources, as the incumbent president refuses to acknowledge Joe Biden’s victory in the Nov. 3 election. Thus, dozens of messages addressed to Biden have not yet reached the recipient.
Joe Biden’s team has been in contact with foreign governments without State Department involvement, and Biden has had numerous telephone conversations with various leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. However, these talks took place without the logistical support of the State Department.
“They (members of Joe Biden’s team) would prefer to use State Department resources,” a source close to the case said.
Moreover, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday refused to acknowledge Biden’s victory in the presidential election, saying “there will be a smooth transition to the second Trump administration,” which further agitated the diplomatic environment, according to the quoted source.
Joe Biden also does not receive daily information from the intelligence services, and if the Trump administration continues to block a typical transition until the day of the investiture (January 20), there are fears that the Biden administration will face a major challenge to take over official mandate. In the past, the State Department has facilitated the post-election administrative transition process.
The US president’s refusal to accept defeat in the November 3 election has created a chaotic political landscape in the United States. Not only has the incumbent president so far refused to admit defeat, but he has resorted to destabilizing attacks on the military chain of command, a “besieged bunker” mentality, analysts say.
The Trump administration’s defiance was even more ridiculous on Tuesday, when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo showed his loyalty to the head of state by saying, “There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration.” In the face of this unusual situation, the agitation within the federal institutions also stands out.
For example, minutes after U.S. Attorney General William Barr ordered an investigation into the alleged election fraud, the head of the Department of Justice’s Electoral Crimes Investigation Department, Richard Pilger, resigned. Also, the federal agency in charge of initiating the transition process, the General Services Administration (GSA), has not yet initiated this process. The director of this institution, Emily Murphy, appointed by Trump, suggested that she is first waiting for an official result regarding the winner of the election, established for the time being through the media projections. Faced with this situation, Joe Biden’s team warned that it is also examining possible legal action, in order to determine the GSA to initiate the transition that gives members of the president-elect’s team access to government information and the possibility of establishing contacts with federal agency officials.
Speaking at an event in Delaware, Biden said the power transition was ongoing, despite incumbent Republican President Donald Trump’s refusal to accept the election result. The president-elect also said it was “embarrassing” that Trump refused to admit defeat. “It simply came to our notice then. I don’t think that will serve the president’s legacy.