In a press briefing given last weekend, Mr Trump’s press secretary Kayleigh McEnany stated the president “was never given an orderly transition of power”. She made reference to numerous investigations involving Mr Trump, including the Steele dossier which contained allegations of collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia.
She also pointed to the investigation by US prosecutor Robert Mueller into whether or not Russia had interfered in the 2016 US election.
Ms McEnany added: “Something that I would note is we talked a lot about transfer of power in the election, and it’s worth remembering that this President was never given an orderly transition of power. His presidency was never accepted.
“What happened after he was elected? You had 70 lawmakers say “we’re not coming” to his inauguration — Democratic lawmakers.
“You had Elizabeth Warren saying ‘we’re going to attempt to obstruct’ the Trump transition by urging the Government Accountability Office to investigate the incoming Trump transition.
“So while every legal vote is counted, let us not forget the inexcusable transition, or lack thereof, that President Trump had to endure in 2016 and four years into his presidency.”
However, President Trump himself thanked former US President Barack Obama for his “magnificent” help in transferring power in 2016.
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“I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans.”
The transition row comes as Donald Trump has yet to explicitly concede this year’s presidential election to Joe Biden, who is widely considered the winner.
However, it recently emerged US authorities have been given the go-ahead to begin transferring Mr Biden’s presidential team into power.
This is according to a letter released by US official Emily Murphy, who is the administrator of the GSA – the body responsible for administering presidential transfer.
Analysts have called it “as near as we’ve had to a concession”.
Mr Trump said he had recommended the move “in the best interest of our country” – though he said his team would still “fight”.
Indeed, the president has pushed ahead with legal challenges to the election result since Mr Biden’s victory was reported, alleging the election result was influenced by voter fraud.
So far, no investigations have found any evidence of such fraud taking place, though Mr Trump has maintained information is forthcoming.
Over the weekend, he tweeted: “Big voter fraud information coming out concerning Georgia. Stay tuned!”