President Donald Trump implied Tuesday he would continue contesting election results for at least another week, forestalling for days the required steps to transition government to President-elect Joe Biden and signaling to his administration that any moves toward a hand-off are on hold.
Trump’s refusal to concede has prompted senior officials across the government to spread word that any cooperation with Biden’s team is forbidden, officials at agencies and the White House said. The President’s budget office is continuing to advise agencies to prepare submissions for Trump’s upcoming budget proposal as if nothing is changing, people familiar with the plans said.
The White House, while offering little formal or explicit guidance, has nonetheless made known throughout the federal government that no steps should be taken that would imply Trump lost the election, according to people familiar with the matter.
The nation’s top diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, refused to accept Biden’s victory as President-elect during remarks at the State Department.
Instead, he said there would be “a smooth transition to a second Trump administration.”
“The world should have every confidence that the transition necessary to make sure that the State Department is functional today, success