Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there would be a “smooth transition to a second Trump administration” just days after the presidential election was projected to be won by Joe Biden.
Pompeo made the comments when asked by reporters if the State Department was engaging with President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team.
“There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration,” Pompeo said with a smile. “Alright? We’re ready. The world is watching what’s taking place. We’re going to count all the votes. 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 there will be a transition necessary to make sure the State Department is functional today, successful today and successful with a president who is in office on January 20th a minute after noon.”
Pompeo appeared to repeat Trump’s call to count “legal votes,” instead of “illegal votes” — terms the president has used to advance his baseless allegations that Democrats stole the election from him.
“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 will not be counted, that dilutes your vote if it’s done improperly. Gotta get that right. When we get it right, we’ll get it right. We’re in good shape,” Pompeo said.
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— The Recount (@therecount) November 10, 2020
Federal agencies, meanwhile, have reportedly been warned not to cooperate with the transition team of the projected president-elect.