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Chamber of Commerce CEO: Trump 'should not delay the transition a moment longer'

Chamber of Commerce CEO: Trump 'should not delay the transition a moment longer'
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U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue said President TrumpDonald John TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge MORE should stop delaying the transition, acknowledging that Joe BidenJoe BidenPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Biden transition adds new members to coronavirus task force MORE is president-elect.

“While the Trump administration can continue litigating to confirm election outcomes, for the sake of Americans' safety and well-being, it should not delay the transition a moment longer,” Donohue told Axios on Thursday.

He also said that Biden and his team “have a wealth of executive branch experience that should allow them to hit the ground running.”

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The Chamber is traditionally Republican-leaning but has not shied away from being critical of Trump and his policies.

Donohue’s statement follows the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) calling on the General Services Administration (GSA) on Wednesday to begin the transition of power.

GSA Administrator Emily Murphy has declined to acknowledge Biden’s win. NAM asked Murphy to sign the letter of ascertainment, which would recognize Biden as president-elect. 

“While we understand and respect the court challenges that are a part of our democratic process, it’s imperative that our nation has a President and advisors who are fully prepared to lead our nation on Inauguration Day given the magnitude of the challenges ahead and the threats to our economic and national security, and most importantly, to the public health,” the NAM statement read. 

Another powerful pro-business advocacy group has also called for the transition to begin. 

Business Roundtable CEO Joshua Bolten, who served as chief of staff under President George W. Bush, said Tuesday that top U.S. companies are concerned about what impact the delayed transition will have on the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Business Roundtable is made up of CEOs from top U.S. companies

“Business Roundtable has called for the transition to move forward rapidly, smoothly and unimpeded. The General Services Administration should proceed with ascertainment, giving the incoming Administration the tools and information necessary to address the pandemic on day one,” Business Roundtable spokeswoman Jessica Boulanger told The Hill on Thursday.