John Barsa, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean, speaks in Brasilia, Brazil on January 28, 2020.
Adriano Machado | Reuters
The acting head of the US Agency for International Development, President Donald Trump, told political representatives that the change of power to President-elect Joe Biden has not yet begun.
John Barsa, USAID's acting deputy administrator, privately told members of his team on Monday that despite Biden's victory, the change of power has not started and will not begin until the General Services Administration gives its approval.
"The only official announcement of an election result that matters comes from the head of the GSA. Until the head of the GSA determines who has won an election, nothing changes," Barsa said, according to a tapping of the CNBC meeting. "There is no transition."
A USAID spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.
Emily Murphy, the GSA's administrator, is required to sign a letter confirming the election results in order for Biden's transition to receive millions of dollars in federal government funding. She hasn't signed the letter yet while Trump tries to dispute the election results in key states.
The developments also come after Barsa announced the departure of USAID's Trump representative Bonnie Glick.
USAID is the federal government's agency overseeing foreign aid and has a budget of over $ 19 billion. Many foreign leaders, including Prime Ministers of Canada and the United Kingdom, have congratulated Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris.
Barsa's comments are the latest example of Trump administration officials appearing to be skewing election results.
During the meeting, USAID leaders pushed developments in the Trump administration, almost as if Trump had won.
On the call, they announced a new connection between USAID and the White House. Catharine O & # 39; Neill, a former Trump official at the U.S. Department of State, will be the new White House liaison for the agency, Barsa said.
O & # 39; Neill said she was campaigning before rejoining the administration. She is reportedly the daughter of George O & # 39; Neill Jr., a Rockefeller heir and Conservative writer. O & # 39; Neill replaces William Maloney, who, as CNBC reported, was criticized within the agency for his handling of his role.