Three days after Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were the projected winners of the Presidential and Vice Presidential election, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo failed at an assumed attempt of humor when he told reporters that there would be a “smooth transition to a second Trump administration.”
According to The Independent, the comment–followed by a stilted laugh–came after reporters asked if the State Department was taking part with the Biden transition team. It’s still vague if Pompeo was being serious or not, he could believe there is a chance of Trump winning the election of his administration’s legal challenges pull through.
“We’re ready, the world is watching what’s taking place,” he said in the follow-up.
“We’re counting votes, when the process is complete there’ll 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. Mr. Trump has vowed to continue fighting the election after the results were projected by the Associated Press and other media organizations, saying on Twitter “WE WILL WIN”.
It has been reported that federal agencies have been warned not to participate with the president-elect’s transition team when that time comes.
During the press conference with reporters who continued to push the topic on the election results and the State Department’s cooperation with the next administration, Pompeo appeared frustrated.
“That’s ridiculous. And you know it’s ridiculous. And you asked it because it’s ridiculous. You asked a question that is ridiculous; this department cares deeply to make sure elections around the world are safe and secure and free and fair,” he said.
“We often encounter situations where it’s not clear about a particular election. We work to uncover facts, we work to do discovery, to learn whether in fact the outcome, the decision that was made reflected the will of the people.
“We want every one of those votes to be counted in the same way we have every expectation 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 added.