President Donald Trump is not letting a little thing like losing the election stop him from making plans for the country’s future. He is fighting the election results by filing lawsuits in several battleground states seeking to nullify ballots that he believes were illegally cast.
The president is refusing to sign off on transition funds for the incoming Biden administration and is moving forward with a 2021 budgeting process while ignoring the very real possibility of Biden being the one sitting in the Oval Office in January.
The Office of Management and Budget is preparing to move forward with President Donald Trump’s budget request for next fiscal year in another sign of the White House refusing to acknowledge President-elect Joe Biden’s win.
An OMB spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday that the administration is moving forward with a fiscal 2022 budget proposal, which was first reported by The Washington Post.
Biden is set to be sworn in on Jan. 20 — at least two weeks before the White House typically releases its annual budget proposal in February, which lays out an administration’s priorities for the coming fiscal year. The OMB official did not respond to a follow-up request for comment about the decision to draw up a budget, given that Trump won’t be in the Oval Office in February to unveil the plan.
Officials on Capitol Hill appear to be losing patience with the President’s procrastination.
“If President Trump wants to waste time and resources on a budget that will never see the light of day, that’s his decision,” said Alexandra Weinroth, communications director for House Budget Committee. “But we look forward to receiving the budget of our 46th President, Joe Biden, in February.“
Joe Biden has also shown some temper by calling Trump’s refusal to concede the election an “embarrassment.”