US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that “there will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration,” ignoring the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential elections on November 3.
“The world is seeing what is happening. We are going to count all the votes. When the process is over, the voters will be elected. There is a process and the Constitution clearly establishes it,” Pompeo replied to a journalist’s question about whether to he was preparing the State Department to work with Biden’s transition team.RELATED
Asked whether the president’s false accusations of fraud were being believed, the secretary of state only said: “I am Secretary of State, I receive calls from all over the world and these people are watching our elections and they understand that there is a legal process and that it takes time,” he said. Despite Pompeo’s statements as head of US diplomacy, Joe Biden spoke with several international leaders on Tuesday who congratulated him on his victory in the elections, including French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Pompeo has been heavily criticized during his tenure for being one of the most partisan secretaries of state in recent years. Traditionally, the State Department office does not usually meddle in domestic politics. However, the secretary of state participated in the Republican National Convention with a video recorded during an official trip to Israel. In February, Pompeo approved a State Department document
This Tuesday, a few minutes after Pompeo spoke, Biden downplayed his remarks. “We have already started the transition. We are already underway. The fact that they do not want to acknowledge that we have won has no consequences on our plans and on what we can do between now and January 20,” he said at a press conference.
Asked about Trump’s reluctance to acknowledge the outcome, Biden said: “It’s quite embarrassing, honestly. I think … how can I say this delicately? I think it won’t help the president’s legacy.”