Democrat Joe Biden said on Wednesday, Nov. 18, that the General Services Administration (GSA) should recognize his claim as president-elect in order to empower a smooth transition process though President Trump also claims victory in the 2020 election.

Biden told a panel of health care workers that the GSA has full authority to determine that he is the “apparent winner,” The Hill reported. The GSA is tasked with ascertaining a victor in the presidential election.

Normally, Congress will certify the election and declare the official winner, but Biden said that the GSA does not need to wait until then.

“The law says that the General Services Administration has a person who recognizes who the winner is, and then they have access to all the data and information the government possesses to be prepared,” Biden said. “It doesn’t require there to be an absolute winner. It says the apparent winner.” 

Some news outlets, including Fox News, have called Biden president-elect based on their own calculations, but some others, including The Epoch Times, have calculated that President Trump is leading in electoral votes as the final election outcome remains unclear.

In fact, media outlets have absolutely no authority to certify a winner. 

President Trump has no intention of conceding, asserting the election was stolen with widespread and systemic fraud. His team has launched multiple legal challenges to contest the election results in a number of battleground states.

GSA Administrator Emily Murphy has so far also declined to ascertain Biden as the winner. As a result, Biden is not allowed to access government officials or national security briefings. 

Biden’s team, however, is in a hurry to conclude that President Trump is endangering national security by refusing to give the incoming administration access to sensitive intelligence information.