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Senin, 16 November 2020

Trump national security adviser says it looks like Biden has won - Sydney Morning Herald

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

Trump has insisted without evidence that the November 3 election was "rigged" and that he will be declared the winner after a series of legal challenges in several states.

National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien said he would work with a new administration headed by Joe Biden.

National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien said he would work with a new administration headed by Joe Biden.Credit:AP

Speaking to the Global Security Forum, O'Brien said that while he hoped Trump would turn out to have won a second four-year term, he would work with a new administration headed by 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," O'Brien said.

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"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.

While caveating that Trump did have outstanding court challenges, O'Brien's comments signalled some of the firmest statements yet from a senior administration official acknowledging Biden's win in the election.

Trump has so far failed to produce evidence that could overturn Biden's 306-232 victory over Trump in the state-by-state Electoral College vote. States face a December 8 "safe harbour" deadline to certify their elections and choose electors who will officially select the new president on December 14.

O'Brien said it appeared 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."

O'Brien, Trump's fourth national security adviser, previously served as his special envoy on hostage affairs.

Reuters, with AP

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