LIVE UPDATES: Biden appears with picks for national security team

President Trump has yet to concede the 2020 election

President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday will appear before the press with his top picks for his national security team.

Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris will take part in a virtual press briefing at 1 p.m. to introduce their top foreign policy and national security nominees and appointees.

Nominees include Antony Blinken for Secretary of State, Alejandro Mayorkas for Secretary of Homeland Security,  Avril Haines for Director of National Intelligence, Linda Thomas-Greenfield for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Jake Sullivan for National Security Advisor and John Kerry for Special Presidential Envoy for Climate.


Late Monday, U.S. General Services Administration chief Emily Murphy informed President-elect Joe Biden that her agency has formally ascertained him as the apparent winner of the 2020 presidential election and would move ahead with transition proceedings, ending a weeks-long standoff in which the Biden transition team accused the GSA of withholding critical transition resources needed for a smooth transfer of power.

Murphy said her decision was based on “recent developments involving legal challenges and certifications of election results.” Earlier Monday, Michigan voted to certify its election results and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court threw out a Trump campaign challenge that sought to invalidate thousands of absentee ballots in Allegheny County.

Soon after, the president thanked Murphy for her handling of the ascertainment process, while pledging to continue his legal challenge of the election results.

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