US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asserted that there will be a “smooth transition to a second Trump administration” just a few days after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the Presidential elections by securing a record 74 million votes. The same day, many US allies and heads of states congratulated Biden on his victory.
The comments from the senior Trump administration official came during a press conference on Tuesday. Pompeo had been inquired by reporters about how the State Department planned on working with the Biden transition team to ensure a smooth transition of power.
After making the statement, Pompeo laughed, leaving reporters uncertain about whether he was serious or joking.
“We’re ready, the world is watching what’s taking place,” he said in a follow-up. “We’re counting votes and when the process is complete there’ll be electors selected, there’s a process 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 the president who’s in office on January 20th,” he said.
Donald Trump has, thus far, flat out refused to concede the election. This decision of his has been termed as embarrassing by the president-elect, Joe Biden. Biden further asserted that Trump was tainting his legacy by showing that he had no regard for the democratic process of the country.
Pompeo’s frustration grew during the press conference as he was questioned about whether the State Department would help Biden’s administration.
“That’s ridiculous. And you know it’s ridiculous. And you asked it because it’s ridiculous. You asked a question that is ridiculous, this department cares deeply to make sure elections around the world are safe and secure and free and fair,” he said.
Pompeo said that the country “always encounters a situation” when the results of an election are uncertain. “We work to uncover facts, we work to do discovery, to learn whether in fact the outcome, the decision that was made reflected the will of the people,” he said.
He said that the US constitution laid out the election process and the Trump administration would ensure that that they “get it right”.