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Senin, 16 November 2020

'Obviously things look like that now': Top Donald Trump aide vows professional transition of power - SBS News

US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, said he will ensure a professional transition to the team led by Democrat Joe Biden if he is deemed the winner of the 2020 presidential election and “obviously things look like that now.” 

Donald Trump has, without proof, insisted the 3 November election was “rigged” and that he will be declared the winner after a series of legal challenges in several states.

Speaking to the Global Security Forum, Mr O’Brien said that while he hoped Mr Trump would turn out to have won a second four-year term, he would work with a new administration headed by Joe Biden and his vice presidential running mate, Kamala Harris.

“If there is a new administration, look, they deserve some time to come in and implement their policies,” Mr O’Brien said. 

“If the Biden-Harris ticket is determined to be the winner, and obviously things look like that now, we’ll have a very professional transition from the National Security Council, there’s no question about it.”

Mr Trump has so far failed to produce evidence that could overturn President-elect Biden’s 306-232 victory over Trump in the state-by-state Electoral College vote.  

States face a 8 December “safe harbour” deadline to certify their elections and choose electors who will officially select the new president on 14 December.

Mr O’Brien said it appeared Mr Biden was prepared to bring in a professional national security team.

“The great thing is this is the United States of America,” the national security adviser said. “We passed the baton and have had peaceful, successful transitions even in the most contentious periods.”

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