President Donald Trump speaks on the White Home on November 5. Chris Kleponis/Polaris/Bloomberg/Getty Photographs

Contained in the White Home, there isn’t a expectation that steps towards a transition will transfer forward till Trump acknowledges his loss or the federal government formally declares Biden the winner. 

An administration official concerned within the effort stated whereas there haven’t been express directions from the President or senior aides on how to proceed, it’s the understanding among the many team that no steps to accommodate the Biden team must be taken till Trump indicators he’ll concede. 

That features each White Home efforts and efforts at federal departments and companies, the place transition groups have been in place for weeks however at the moment are in one thing of a holding sample. 

Whereas a team contained in the West Wing had begun taking the legally required steps for a transition forward of the election, officers stated that work is now on maintain as Trump continues to contest the outcomes. 

Trump had been solely vaguely conscious of the work his administration was doing towards a transition over the previous a number of months, although did have to formally log off, officers stated. Whereas he didn’t put up any roadblocks within the planning levels, he was not concerned and supplied little or no course. 

The team contained in the White Home has been led by deputy chief of workers for coverage coordination Chris Liddell, who’s an in depth ally of Jared Kushner. Chief of workers Mark Meadows is technically chargeable for the transition planning team, however has left a lot of the work to Liddell. 

Even ought to he acknowledge his loss, officers query whether or not Trump would take part in any transition efforts, even symbolic ones like assembly with Biden within the Oval Workplace. No invitation has but been prolonged for such a gathering.