Although a number of foreign leaders have called President-elect Joe Biden to congratulate him on his victory in this year’s presidential election, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insists that the race has not yet been called.
“If all they do is say hello, I don’t think it’s too difficult,” Pompeo told Fox News on Tuesday when the leaders of other countries spoke to Biden, “but make no mistake, we have a president, a secretary of state, one national security team after another. It is appropriate that it should be so.”
Asked if world leaders had contacted Biden at the beginning of the interview, the foreign minister told Fox News anchor Bret Baier that there was still “a lot of work” ahead to determine who won the election.
“We remind everyone that not all votes have been counted yet. We must ensure that the legal process is fully respected, and then America will do what it does best. We will have a leader in the White House at noon on January 20, and we will continue to conduct American foreign policy,” Pompeo said.
Most news organizations declared Biden president-elect on Saturday after he expanded his leadership in a number of key states.
According to the Associated Press, Biden has now received 290 votes, more than the 270 votes needed to win the presidency. However, President Donald Trump has not yet admitted to the election, insisting instead that the election was stolen from him through widespread voter fraud and the efforts of the Democratic Party.
The Constitution does not require concessions, but if Trump does not give in, he would be the only presidential candidate in U.S. history who does not.
Several foreign officials, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have reached out to Biden for his planned victory.
Pompeo, on the other hand, has expressed confidence that Trump will have a second term in the White House. Other prominent Republicans who have backed up the President’s unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud include Senators Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio, Tom Cotton and Ted Cruz.
Asked by a reporter on Tuesday whether the State Department would cooperate with Biden’s transition team, Pompeo replied: “There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration,” although it was unclear whether the Secretary of State was joking with his answer.
He shook his head and giggled before continuing.
“We are ready. The world is watching what is going on. We will count all the votes. When the process is complete, there will be voters who will be chosen – there is a process. The Constitution sets it out quite clearly,” Pompeo added.
He said that “the world should have every confidence” that the State Department will make the necessary transition no matter who takes office on January 20.
“I went through a transition at the front, I was on the other side of the whole thing. I am very confident that we will do all the things necessary to ensure that the government, the United States government, will continue to fulfill its national security function,” he told reporters.
When asked by Fox News about his comments on a second Trump administration, Pompeo did not clarify whether it was a joke, but criticized Obama administration officials like John Kerry and Susan Rice, who, he said, “refused to leave the stage.
Despite Pompeo’s evasive answers to whether his department will work with Biden’s team, Biden said at a press conference later Tuesday: “We are already beginning the transition. We are on a good path.
Washington Newsday asked for comments on Biden’s campaign, but did not hear a response before the release.