Trump’s National Security Advisor Says ‘Professional Transition’ Will Occur If Biden Is Determined The Winner

 Trump’s National Security Advisor Says ‘Professional Transition’ Will Occur If Biden Is Determined The Winner

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Topline

The National Security Council will facilitate a “very professional transition” between administrations, Trump’s National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien said at the Global Security Forum on Monday, noting it appears President-elect Joe Biden won despite President Trump’s refusal to concede.

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Key Facts

O’Brien wouldn’t say Biden won, though he said “obviously things look that way now,” and repeatedly said a transition would only be implemented “if the current lawsuits don’t work out for the president,” according to The Hill

O’Brien said the new administration would deserve time to put their policies in place and, if Biden is “determined to be the winner,” the National Security Council will make sure there is a “professional transition.”

O’Brien noted that the U.S. has had “peaceful successful transitions” even during the “most contentious periods,” citing the transition from President Bill Clinton to George W. Bush, which didn’t happen until December because of litigation and the recount in Florida. 

O’Brien signaled confidence in Biden’s national security team saying many worked for the White House in previous administrations.

Key Background

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also said there will be a “smooth transition” but, unlike O’Brien, he confidently said last week that the transition will be to the next Trump administration. Trump has reportedly directed his appointees not to start collaborating with the Biden transition team and Attorney General William Barr has given U.S. Attorneys authority to investigate any “substantial” allegations of voter fraud. So far the Trump campaign has been unable to document any substantial instances of voter fraud or election irregularities. 

Tangent

The General Services Administration, the federal agency responsible for the transition, has refused to start working with the Biden team. An agency spokeswoman told AP that a winner has not yet been determined and implied the GSA may not start the process until the Electoral College meets in December or Trump concedes.

Further Reading

Trump national security adviser vows ‘professional transition’ of power (The Hill)

Refusing to concede, Trump blocks cooperation on transition (AP)

Pompeo Asserts There Will Be ‘Smooth Transition To A Second Trump Administration’ (Forbes)