Republicans have been split about whether or not to support Donald Trump’s legal challenges of the election results, but members of his administration continue to remain loyal. On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that he expects to see a “smooth transition to a second Trump administration.”
Pompeo also rejected Biden’s claim to victory, repeating the president’s accusation of voter fraud, and saying that the race is far from over.
“When the process is complete, there will 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, a minute after noon, will also be successful,” Pompeo said.
Sec. of State Pompeo outright denies the election results: ‘There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration’ pic.twitter.com/ZWlBTxWjkh
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) November 10, 2020
When asked whether he believed the allegations by Trump and others of voter fraud, Pompeo said, “I’m very confident that we will count — and we must count — every legal vote. We must make sure that any vote that wasn’t lawful ought not be counted. That dilutes your vote if it’s done improperly. We got to get that right. And when we get it right, we’ll get it right.”
When asked if the Trump administration was being hypocritical when expecting foreign leaders to step down when they lose elections, Pompeo dismissed the question, insisting that the election is not yet over.
“That’s ridiculous, and you know it’s ridiculous. And you asked it because it’s ridiculous,” Pompeo replied in frustration.
“We want every one of those votes [overseas] to be counted in the same way that we have every expectation that every vote here in the United States will be counted, too. It is totally appropriate. The United States has an election system that is laid out deeply in our Constitution, and we’re going to make sure that we get that right,” he said.
Democrats didn’t waste any time in rebuking Pompeo’s comments.
.@SenSchumer: "Look at reality. Secretary Pompeo, Joe Biden has won. He's won the election. Now move on. Let's bring this country together and get things done. We have a COVID crisis raging. We don't have time for these kinds of games." pic.twitter.com/mwbeqoFd9D
— CSPAN (@cspan) November 10, 2020
Joe Biden also shot back at Pompeo shortly after the press conference during a public address of his own.
President-elect Joe Biden doesn't take the bait and instead laughs at Pompeo pic.twitter.com/5iuSybdtrI
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) November 10, 2020
On Monday, US Attorney General William Barr authorized the Department of Justice to investigate the Trump campaign’s claim that there were voting “irregularities” at multiple polling places across the country. The campaign is reportedly filing lawsuits in Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Georgia to contest the results.
One of the primary claims made by the campaign is that Republican observers weren’t given access to the polls to confirm that everything was being counted correctly. The campaign also suggested that fake mail-in ballots were used by the Democrats.
Meanwhile, leaders from around the world came forward with congratulations for Biden and Harris after the elections called the race for them.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a tweet to Biden and Harris that, “I’m really looking forward to working together and building on that with you both.”
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted, “Congratulations from to President-Elect Joe Biden and to history-making Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris.”
United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has previously been on good terms with Trump, also made a congratulatory post on Twitter, calling the United States his country’s “most important ally.”