Joe Biden has announced that the presidential election is “over” and called on Americans to abandon their political disagreements

“The election is over. It’s time to put aside the partisanship and the rhetoric designed to demonize one another. We have to come together”, Biden tweeted.

Biden’s statements come in the wake of General Services Administration chief Emily Murphy announcing the start of the transition process to the Biden-Harris administration. The two are projected to win the Electoral College vote, according to the current count. Biden’s transition team will thus gain access to federal resources, including funding for staffers, as well as access to confidential briefings.

Biden’s team has long requested to start the transition, although it had already begun preparations for their projected arrival in the White House. Namely, Biden had discussed plans on how his administration will handle the raging coronavirus pandemic in the US. Following the announcement of the GSA, Biden also revealed a list of his future national security and foreign policy teams for his projected Cabinet.