President Donald Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, said her uncle’s refusal to allow the election of President-elect Joe Biden would cause “incalculable” damage to the United States as the commander-in-chief’s team continued to frustrate the transition process.
The author of a treacherous Trump family memoir added that the failure to recognize the legitimacy of the new Biden administration or to ensure a smooth transition could be “never forgotten” by the country.
The president’s niece said in a social media piece last night: “A concession to Joe Biden is not necessary; recognizing the legitimacy of the Biden/Harris government is not necessary; ensuring a smooth transition of power is not necessary.
“But the damage that will be done to our country if we do not do these things is incalculable. It can never be forgotten.”
The president’s niece spoke after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was severely criticized by Democrats and former Republican officials for saying his department was preparing for a “smooth transition” to a second Trump period.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Pompeo said “There will be a “smooth transition” to a second Trump administration. We are ready. The world is watching what is happening. We will count the votes, and when the process is complete, the voters will be chosen. There is a process, the Constitution sets it out pretty clearly.”
The Secretary of State added that the world has “every confidence” in the US State Department preparing for a “successful” transition.
In response to the statements, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer called on Pompeo to “look at reality” and “move on” after President Trump’s election defeat last week, so that the country can be brought together.
“The peaceful transfer of power is a cornerstone of our democracy,” twittered Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. “Joe Biden won this election, and this government must accept the results and let him get to work.
John Bolton, Trump’s former National Security Advisor, said in a CNN interview earlier this week that Pompeo’s comments were “delusional”.
New York Democratic Congressman Eliot Engel added that the General Services Administration must release the resources and funds earmarked for President-elect Biden’s transition team.
GSA Administrator Emily Murphy, who was appointed by Trump, delayed the release of federal funds for Biden’s transition team after she refused to formally recognize the president-elect as the new commander-in-chief.
As a result of the delay, Biden’s team has been unable to enter government offices that would normally be made available to the new administrations or to obtain permission to speak to federal officials.