White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is continuing to buck the system as one of the last hold outs to refuse to wave a white flag. Despite his boss man Trump ordering the peaceful transition to begin, Meadows has said “phooey” to all of that.
In a memo released by the White House, the Trump administration pledged that they will “comply with all actions needed to ensure the smooth transfer of power.” The statement added this tidbit by saying that White House officials “are not permitted to speak directly with a member of the Biden transition team or the federal transition coordinator,” unless specifically authorized.
Supposedly, Meadows was a member of the team who made Trump sit down long enough to convince him of green-lighting the transition. Upon the release of the memo, President Trump sent his thanks out to Emily Murphy of the General Services Administration “for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our Country”
I want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our Country. She has been harassed, threatened, and abused – and I do not want to see this happen to her, her family, or employees of GSA. Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 23, 2020
However, Trump also stated in the memo, “Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail. Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same.”
Following up his thanks to Murphy in a tweet, Trump said, “I want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our Country. She has been harassed, threatened, and abused – and I do not want to see this happen to her, her family, or employees of GSA. Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail!”
The President later tweeted, using some of Murphy’s own words, “Remember, the GSA has been terrific, and Emily Murphy has done a great job, but the GSA does not determine who the next President of the United States will be.”
Remember, the GSA has been terrific, and Emily Murphy has done a great job, but the GSA does not determine who the next President of the United States will be.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2020
Yohannes Abraham, Biden’s transition director, said the announcement was “a needed step to begin tackling the challenges facing our nation, including getting the pandemic under control and our economy back on track.”
“This final decision is a definitive administrative action to formally begin the transition process with federal agencies,” Abraham wrote. “In the days ahead, transition officials will begin meeting with federal officials to discuss the pandemic response, have a full accounting of our national security interests, and gain complete understanding of the Trump administration’s efforts to hollow out government agencies.”
After releasing a statement like this, is it any wonder why Meadows is telling the White House staff to not go out of their way to lend a hand? Efforts to hollow out government agencies??? How about getting rid of the dead weight in efforts to create a better functioning government that prospers and cares about the well-being of the American public? Nope. That’s not what Abraham said.
Knowing full good and well how a great majority of the staffers are going to lose their jobs anyway once the Biden crew starts moving in, why in the world would they even want to cooperate in the first place? Facing bleak futures, who would? Helping them out could be likened to consorting with the enemy.
So for the good of the nation, and just being the kind of guy that he is, Trump instructed the GSA to turn loose of the money. Sure he’s looking out for America’s best interest by doing so, but don’t for one moment think the election fight is over. It’s just beginning to spin its wheels.
But doing what’s right for the nation doe not mean anyone in Trump’s administration has to be sweet and cordial about it, and if Meadows has his way about it the transition will remain peaceful, but it will also be the most difficult one in the history of America.