It was definitely a shock to many Americans and the world when the U.S secretary of State, Mike Pompeo on Tuesday stated that despite the victory of Joe Biden at the recently held presidential polls, President Donald Trump “would win a second term in office.”
According to report by the New York Post, Mr. Pompeo was asked by a reporter during a briefing at the State Department’s Headquarters if government officials were “preparing to engage” with Mr. Biden’s transition team.
“There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration,” Mr. Pompeo said with a smile.
“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 Jan. 20 a minute afternoon,” he was quoted by the newspaper.
The news of the former vice president to President Obama, Joe Biden filled the print and social media on Saturday, that he had been elected the 46th president of the United States of America.
Newsie Events reported that Joe Biden won the keenly contested election by scoring 273 electoral college votes against incumbent President, Donald Trump’s 214.
Kamala Harris, Mr. Biden’s running mate, made history as the first woman to be elected U.S. vice president.
The got to a razor edged situation after the result of the election was announced, after several tense days of vote-counting in many battlegrounds.
Even before the announcement of Biden/Harris victory, an enraged Mr. Trump had tweeted “I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!” and had since refused to concede defeat.
President Trump however decided to approach the courts to upturn the results in some swing states he lost alleging huge fraud.
He shunned a request by the Center for Presidential Transition to begin turning over the reins of power.
The New York Post reported that Biden’s team is weighing legal action to force the federal General Services Administration to move ahead with transition planning. This includes access to the State Department.
There was also a report that Biden has set up a transition website in preparation for taking over power early next year.
Meanwhile, Pompeo was so confident when he was asked on Tuesday if he agreed with the electoral fraud allegations levelled by his boss.
Mr. Pompeo reportedly said he was “getting calls from all across the world” on the issue. He didn’t answer the question directly.
“We must count every legal vote. We must make sure that any vote that wasn’t lawful not be counted,” he said. “We’ve gotta get that right and when we get it right, we’ll get it right.”
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