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Michelle Obama has weighed in on President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump’s refusal to go ahead with a power transition to the incoming administration, reflecting on where it was four years ago and how, while the process of handing over responsibility to the Trumps was difficult, it persisted.
“I was hurt and disappointed, but the votes had been counted and Donald Trump had won,” the former first lady wrote in a post about her. Instagram account.

“My husband and I instructed our staff to do what George and Laura Bush had done for us – carry out a smooth and respectful transition of power, one of the hallmarks of American democracy.”

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump say goodbye to former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama as they depart after Trump’s inauguration on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 20, 2017. (REUTERS)
Mrs. Obama added that she and President Barack Obama he had invited Trump staff to his offices and his staff members had provided detailed memos and insight into their experiences. However, it was not “easy” for her.

“Donald Trump had spread racist lies about my husband that had put my family in danger,” she said in the message. “That was not something he was willing to forgive.

“But I knew that, for the good of our country, I had to find the strength and maturity to put my anger aside. So I welcomed Melania Trump to the White House and spoke to her about my experience, answering all the questions I had – from the heightened scrutiny that comes with being First Lady to what it’s like to raise children in the White House. “

The presidential transition process has not officially begun because Trump has baselessly refused to accept the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.

The formal transition is likely to remain on hold until the election is certified by a Trump appointee within the General Services Administration in a process known as verification.

Obama said in his post that it takes “strength and maturity to put my anger aside.” In doing so, he proceeded to invite Melania Trump to the White House.

Obama said he responded to Trump’s questions about “the heightened scrutiny that comes with being first lady about what it’s like to raise children in the White House.”

As previously reported by CNN, Melania Trump has yet to invite first lady-elect Jill Biden to the White House to continue the tradition.

For each day that passes without transitioning, the task of preparing the White House for a new first family and moving the current one becomes more difficult.

Among other things, on a busy to-do list is planning organizational changes, moving trucks, cleaning, and verbatim measuring of curtains.

“My husband and I instructed our staff to do what George and Laura Bush had done for us – carry out a smooth and respectful transition of power, one of the hallmarks of American democracy,” Obama said. (Twitter)

Opening Day is a choreographed to the minute event, which moves one family and prepares the next, even storing the refrigerators and unpacking a first lady’s clothes in her dressing room.

Ms. Obama warned of the dangers of prolonging a peaceful and democratic transfer of power not only to national security, but also to the stability of American politics.

“This is not a game,” he said.

“Our democracy is much bigger than anyone’s ego.”


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