Donald Trump tells government to co-operate with Biden transition

Donald Trump tells government to co-operate with Biden transition

President instructs officials to do ‘what needs to be done’ but stops short of concession

Donald Trump on Monday said his administration would begin co-operating with Joe Biden’s transition team, bowing to Republican pressure to start the transfer of power even as the president vowed to continue contesting his election loss.

His statement, which stopped short of a formal concession, came after a Michigan board certified the state’s election results and Republican senators, along with business leaders, pressed Mr Trump to start the transition.

Mr Trump said on Twitter he had recommended that the General Services Administration, the agency that provides transition resources, “do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols”.

The president added that he had “told my team to do the same”, saying it was “in the best interest of our Country”.

The move, 20 days after the election, followed a string of resounding courtroom defeats for Mr Trump and the certification of Mr Biden’s win in key states such as Georgia and Michigan.