“If the Biden-Harris ticket is determined to be the winner – and obviously things are going that way now – we’ll have a very professional transition from the National Security Council,” said Robert O’Brien in a speech at a global security forum, which were filmed last week but aired on Monday.
Mr. O’Brien’s promise of a smooth transfer of power comes despite Mr. Trump not conceding the election. The General Service Administration, which helps manage the functioning of federal agencies, has also yet to recognize Mr Biden’s victory – a prerequisite for starting a formal transition.
« [The Biden transition team is] is going to have very professional people coming in to fill these positions, many of whom have been here before and spent a lot of time in the White House in previous administrations, ”Mr. O’Brien said at the forum, which was sponsored by the Soufan Center.
He added, “And what’s great about the United States of America is that we have passed the baton and had peaceful and successful transitions, even in the most controversial times. ”
He downplayed the fact that the transition has yet to begin nearly two weeks after the vote, a delay that some experts say could harm national security.
“I’m old enough to remember Bush vs. Gore, and the transition didn’t start until mid-December, and yet it did,” O’Brien said.
At the same time, he appeared to recognize the likelihood of a possible defeat for Mr Trump, suggesting, for example, that the recent deal the administration had negotiated between Israel and a number of Gulf countries was “a big deal. legacy for the president. he is leaving his post ”.
The broadcast of Mr. O’Brien’s comments came a day after Mr. Trump returned to a tweet in which he appeared to acknowledge Mr. Biden’s victory.
In a tweet on Sunday, the president said Mr. Biden had “won because the election was rigged.” However, he quickly recanted in subsequent posts, stating, “He only won in the eyes of FAKE NEWS MEDIA. I do not concede ANYTHING! ”
On Monday morning, he took to Twitter again, writing: “I won the election!”
On Friday, Mr Trump looked set to admit there would be a new administration in January before he made up for it.
The president’s legal team is pursuing challenges in several swing states in a final attempt to overturn the election result. On Sunday, he revised part of his federal lawsuit contesting the result in Pennsylvania, to remove some of his previous claims that Trump campaign watchers were not allowed to watch the ballot count.
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