As President Trump and his allies in Congress refuse to acknowledge Democrat Joe Biden’s victory within the presidential election, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took it a step additional on Tuesday, implying that Trump’s challenges to the end result can be profitable and he’ll stay in energy.
Pompeo was requested throughout a press briefing on Tuesday whether or not Trump’s continued refusal to concede, and the administration’s refusal to work with Biden’s transition crew, hampers or delays a “smooth transition” to a Biden administration.
“There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration,” Pompeo replied, including, “the world should have every confidence that… the president who is in office on January 20th a minute after noon will [be successful].”
Trump has fiercely challenged the outcomes of the election because it was known as for Biden on Saturday, pushing baseless allegations of widespread voter fraud and stopping his appointees from working with the Biden transition crew as his marketing campaign brings long-shot lawsuits to attempt to overturn the leads to key states.
Pompeo dismissed a query about whether or not Trump’s continued refusal to concede undermines the nation’s dedication to free and truthful elections overseas as “ridiculous,” calling Trump’s authorized challenges to the outcomes “appropriate.”
“The world is watching what’s taking place,” Pompeo mentioned, claiming he’s “getting calls all around the world” from individuals who “are watching our election, understand we have a legal process, understand this takes time.”
Forbes has reached out to the Biden transition crew for remark.
Biden has been thwarted in his efforts to start the transition course of, with the General Services Administration refusing to formally acknowledge his victory, which might set off the disbursement of funding and permit Biden aides entry. The Biden crew is reportedly gearing as much as deliver authorized motion if the transition will not be allowed to start.
“Pompeo notes the world is watching. It’s true,” tweeted Rep. Ted Deutch (R-Fla.). “And what they are seeing is a careless, foolish, and anti-democratic partisan barb from the Secretary of State that jeopardizes our election integrity.”
A prime Justice Department prosecutor reportedly resigned over Attorney General Barr’s effort to uncover and prosecute voter fraud in key states. Richard Pilger, director of the DOJ’s Election Crimes Branch, mentioned in a memo obtained by NBC News that, as a consequence of “the new policy and its ramifications,” he felt he needed to resign “in accord with the best tradition of the John C. Keeney Award for Exceptional Integrity and Professionalism (my most cherished Departmental recognition).”
12. That’s what number of sitting Republican members of Congress have acknowledged Biden’s victory since Saturday, whereas not less than 15 senators and 46 House members have publicly challenged the consequence, together with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.