Pompeo Brushes Aside Results Of Presidential Election
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is brushing aside results of last weeks presidential election showing that President Donald Trump lost his bid for a second term. Pompeo told reporters with a grin on Tuesday that the transition to a second Trump term would be smooth, but later said the State Department would be prepared no matter who is president on Inauguration Day.
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WASHINGTON: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is brushing aside results of last weeks presidential election showing that President Donald Trump lost his bid for a second term. Pompeo told reporters with a grin on Tuesday that the transition to a second Trump term would be smooth, but later said the State Department would be prepared no matter who is president on Inauguration Day.
Tongue-in-cheek or not, Pompeo’s remarks implying that Trump might yet be reelected were striking, coming at a tense moment for the nation as Trump refuses to concede to President-elect Joe Biden. Pompeo, America’s top diplomat and fourth-in-line for the presidency, spoke even as world leaders have been congratulating the former vice president.
Pompeo, one of Trumps most loyal Cabinet members, also dismissed as ridiculous the suggestion that Trumps evidence-free claims of fraud could hurt Americas credibility when weighing in on foreign elections.
Pompeo’s comments about the transition came in response to a question about whether the State Department was prepared to engage with the Biden team.
There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration, Pompeo said with a chuckle, before shifting to a more serious tone. Were ready. The world is watching whats taking place here. Were going to count all the votes. When the process is complete, there will electors selected. Theres 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 whos in office on January 20th a minute after noon will also be successful,” he said.
In refusing to recognize Biden’s victory, Pompeo, a possible 2024 presidential contender, is joining with other leading Republicans who have rallied behind Trump’s efforts to fight the election results. That has cast doubt on whether there will be a smooth transition leading up to Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration.
Biden later shrugged off Pompeos remarks, saying, There is no evidence of any of the assertions made by the president or Secretary of State Pompeo.
Pompeo will leave on Friday for a diplomatic trip to Europe and the Middle East, including France, Turkey, Israel and the United Arab Emirates, where he will meet leaders who have already congratulated Biden on his victory.
In rejecting suggestions that Trump’s unsupported allegations of fraud would have an impact on U.S. standing when it comes to commenting on elections in other countries, he said:
Im the secretary of state. Im getting calls from all across the world. These people are watching our election. They understand that we have a legal process. They understand that this takes time.”
“Were in good shape. Were in good shape, Pompeo said.
He derided a question from one reporter about how Trump’s rejection of the election results would play overseas. In recent weeks, Pompeo and the State Department have expressed concerns about irregularities in elections from Belarus to Ivory Coast and Tanzania.
Thats ridiculous and you know its ridiculous, and you asked it because its ridiculous, Pompeo told the reporter who asked if Trump’s stance jeopardized U.S. standing. You asked a question that is ridiculous. This department cares deeply to make sure that elections around the world are safe and secure and free and fair, and my officers risk their lives to ensure that that happens.
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