U.S. Secretary of the State Department Mike Pompeo quipped Tuesday that there will be “a smooth transition to a second Trump administration.”
“Is the State Department currently preparing to engage with the Biden transition team?” a reporter asked Tuesday. “And if not, at what point does a delay hamper a smooth transition or pose a risk to national security?”
“There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration,” Pompeo responded. “Right?”
“We’re ready,” he said. “The world is watching what’s taking place, here. We’re gonna count all the votes; when the process is complete, there will be electors selected.”
“There’s a process,” the Secretary reiterated, “the Constitution lays it out pretty clearly. The world should have every confidence that the transition necessary to make sure that the State Department is functional today, successful today, and successful with a president who’s in office on January 20, a minute after noon, will also be successful.”
Media outlets such as Fox News, ABC News, CNN, NBC News, and The Associated Press declared Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 election over the weekend.
Biden, according to former Obama administration official Ben Rhodes, is already having phone calls with foreign leaders.
“The center of political gravity in this country and the world is shifting to Joe Biden,” Rhodes said during a recent media appearance, according to RealClearPolitics. “Foreign leaders are already having phone calls with Joe Biden, talking about the agenda they’re going to pursue on January 20th. If that reality hasn’t sunk in yet for some people in the White House, it will sink in when they have to leave on January 20th. And they’re going to be in for a rude awakening here.”
The comment from Rhodes turned politicos’ heads. Conservative pundit Mark Levin, for example, remarked: “Biden already undermining sitting president’s foreign policy.”
Trump, of course, has yet to concede, as lawsuits pend in multiple states over alleged voter irregularities and potential fraud; ballots are still to be counted in states like Arizona and Georgia, too.
Trump issued the following statement, Saturday:
We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed. The simple fact is this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor. In Pennsylvania, for example, our legal observers were not permitted meaningful access to watch the counting process. Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.
Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated. The American People are entitled to an honest election: that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots. This is the only way to ensure the public has full confidence in our election. It remains shocking that the Biden campaign refuses to agree with this basic principle and wants ballots counted even if they are fraudulent, manufactured, or cast by ineligible or deceased voters. Only a party engaged in wrongdoing would unlawfully keep observers out of the count room – and then fight in court to block their access.
So what is Biden hiding? I will not rest until the American People have the honest vote count they deserve and that Democracy demands.
— ThePoliticalInsider (@TPInsidr) November 10, 2020