Trump administration officials ‘quietly contacting Biden team to work on transition’ as president refuses to concede

A FEW Trump administration officials and some political appointees have quietly started reaching out to President-elect Joe Biden’s team, according to a new report.

The report published on Wednesday by CNN claims that the ongoing obstruction by the White House is beginning to frustrate even those close to President Donald Trump.

A handful of past and present Trump administration members have reportedly reached out to Joe Biden's transition team

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A handful of past and present Trump administration members have reportedly reached out to Joe Biden’s transition teamCredit: AP:Associated Press
The secret meetings come as President Donald Trump continues to refuse to concede the election to Biden

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The secret meetings come as President Donald Trump continues to refuse to concede the election to BidenCredit: AFP or licensors

A current Trump official confirmed to CNN that the informal outreach from inside the White House to the president-elect’s team.

“Nothing that would get us in trouble,” the official said.

“Just an offer to be of help. They know what we mean, and what we can-and-can’t do or say.”

But outreach thus far hasn’t resulted in any substantive conversations, according to the insider.

One former Trump official told the network they view the outreach effort as prioritizing their duty to the country over partisanship.

The conversations aren’t as detailed as formal briefings that would happen under the officially sanctioned transition, sources said.

But officials said the meetings can help Biden’s incoming transition team get a sense of the issues facing them upon taking office in January.

One former Trump official said they see the outreach effort as prioritizing their duty to America over partisanship

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One former Trump official said they see the outreach effort as prioritizing their duty to America over partisanshipCredit: Getty Images – Getty
But the meetings haven't been as strong as a typical transition to power, another insider said

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But the meetings haven’t been as strong as a typical transition to power, another insider saidCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Another ex-White House official who left the Trump administration a few months ago told the network that he personally emailed someone he expects will fill a similar role to his in the Biden administration and offered to help.

A senior adviser to Biden acknowledged the outreach from Trump officials, but declined to comment to the network.

Another Biden aide said the assistance was appreciated and in several cases was a result of pre-existing relationships in specific fields.

However, they did note that it wasn’t nearly as strong as a typical transition of power.

The General Services Administration, a government communications agency launched in 1949 to help manage and support federal agencies, has yet to acknowledge Biden’s victory and begin the formal transition.

As a result, Biden and his team remain shut out of access to contact with the federal agencies, funding to help boost government hiring for the new administration, and access to classified intelligence briefings.

“It requires more than former officials choosing to step forward and be helpful to ensure a smooth transition of power,” said Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager and transition adviser.

“GSA should follow the law and ascertain the results of the election so that Americans get a smooth and effective hand off between administrations.”

The clandestine communications reinforce Trump’s refusal to concede the election to Biden.

An exchange of power 'requires more than former officials choosing to step forward,' Biden's transition adviser said

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An exchange of power ‘requires more than former officials choosing to step forward,’ Biden’s transition adviser saidCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Without an official transition, Biden and his team remain shut out of access to contact with the federal agencies

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Without an official transition, Biden and his team remain shut out of access to contact with the federal agenciesCredit: AFP or licensors
Trump has repeatedly said he refuses to acknowledge that he lost the election to Biden

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Trump has repeatedly said he refuses to acknowledge that he lost the election to BidenCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Trump appeared unbothered on Saturday, when he was spotted in Virginia teeing off at his golf course for a second day in a row after doubling down on his refusal to admit defeat.

The outgoing president was seen enjoying a round of golf at Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls.

It’s thought to be the 297th time Trump has visited a golf course since becoming President on January 20, 2017, according to Golf News Net.

The president enjoyed a round of golf at his course in Potomac Falls, Virginia

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The president enjoyed a round of golf at his course in Potomac Falls, VirginiaCredit: AP:Associated Press
Trump has still not conceded defeat to Biden in the presidential election

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Trump has still not conceded defeat to Biden in the presidential electionCredit: Getty Images – Getty
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