John Bolton, former National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump, criticized Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for saying on Tuesday that Trump had won a second term in office despite national elections being called by major broadcasters and news agencies for Democratic President-elect Joe Biden.
During a press conference on Tuesday, Pompeo was questioned about a possible change of power for the Biden government. Pompeo replied: “There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration”.
Despite Pompeo’s remark that Trump will have a second term, Biden won the 2020 election with at least 4,909,587 popular votes and 76 electoral votes.
“I think it’s delusional of Mike to say this, and I have to say I think he has lost his international credibility,” Bolton told CNN presenter Wolf Blitzer in response to Pompeo’s comment during a television interview on Tuesday.
Bolton said he believes there are “very few people” in the U.S. government who believe that Trump honestly won the presidential election. Bolton then wondered whether Pompeo was making his remarks to avoid being fired by Trump or to pre-empt his own possible Republican presidential candidacy in 2024.
Blitzer then asked Bolton whether the Trump administration’s refusal to acknowledge Biden’s victory and give security briefings to the president-elect was a possible national security issue. Bolton said he believed that both Trump and Biden should receive the briefings, since one of them would eventually serve as president.
Washington Newsday contacted Pompeo’s office to comment.
By November 10, Biden led Trump by about 273,000 votes in six different states – Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – which helped cement Biden’s victory with 79 votes.
Trump’s re-election campaign has filed lawsuits in several states alleging that thousands of votes were fabricated and should be discarded before the states confirm the election results in December, which could alter the election results in Trump’s favor.
However, the Trump administration has been criticized for repeatedly making allegations of widespread electoral fraud without concrete evidence.
On Monday, Attorney General William Barr allowed federal prosecutors to investigate the allegations, which have yet to be substantiated. The leaders of the Democratic Congress parties criticized his decision as unfounded and corrupt.
In response to Barr’s decision, Richard Pilger, the director of the Department of Voter Crime at the U.S. Department of Justice, which oversees the investigation of voter fraud, resigned just hours later.
In a speech Monday morning, the majority leader of the Republican Senate majority, Mitch McConnell, said: “President Trump is 100 percent within his rights to investigate allegations of irregularities and weigh his legal options, and most importantly, the Constitution does not give wealthy media companies a role in this process. The projections and comments of the press are not given veto power over the legal rights of any citizen, including the President of the United States”.