Emily Murphy, the head of the General Services Administration, says she'll allow President-elect Joe Biden to begin his transition to the White House. Associated Press


Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is still not ready to acknowledge Joe Biden as president-elect, despite President Donald Trump's administration having federal General Services Administration is moving forward with transition plans.

"I've been pretty focused on what's happening right here and not nationally," Lee said.

He said he was waiting on the president's ongoing court battles that challenge election outcomes – litigation the Trump campaign is overwhelmingly losing – and for the transition process to unfold.

"I think when the process is complete then, that'll be the time," Lee said. "I don't know when that process will be complete. We can watch and see."

The General Services Administration on Monday finally indicated it was prepared to let Biden begin his official transition, providing Biden's team with briefings, secure technology, office space and other resources.

The announcement from Emily Murphy, head of the GSA, is the closest Trump's administration has come to officially recognizing Biden's win in the Nov. 3 election. Trump continues to refuse to formally concede.

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, on Monday urged Trump to gracefully bow out of the race, announcing in a statement that it was "apparent" Joe Biden would become president as states certify their elections and court cases have been heard.

“When you are in public life, people remember the last thing you do,” Alexander said.

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He said he hoped Trump would "take pride in his considerable accomplishments, put the country first and have a prompt and orderly transition to help the new administration succeed.”

U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, and most other elected Tennessee Republicans, however, have declined to acknowledge Biden as the next president, instead publicly encouraging Trump's attempts to overturn the results of the election.