US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that “there will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration,” ignoring the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential elections on November 3.
“The world is watching what is happening. We are going to count all the votes. When the process is over, the voters will be elected. There is a process and the Constitution clearly establishes it,” Pompeo replied to a journalist’s question about whether to he was preparing the State Department to work with Biden’s transition team.
The Secretary of State has insisted on the idea of fraud that President Trump has promoted without evidence. “I am Secretary of State, I receive calls from all over the world and these people are watching our elections and they understand that there is a legal process and that it takes time,” he said. Despite Pompeo’s remarks as head of US diplomacy, Joe Biden spoke with several international leaders on Tuesday who have congratulated him on his victory in the elections, including French President Emmanuel Macron, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Pompeo has come under fire during his tenure for being one of the most partisan secretaries of state in recent years. Traditionally, the State Department office does not usually meddle in domestic politics. However, the secretary of state participated in the Republican National Convention with a video recorded during an official trip to Israel. In February, Pompeo approved a State Department document in which it was recommended to the positions of the Government approved by the Senate “not to attend conventions of political parties”. Another July document signed by the secretary of state notes that it is “long-term policy” for employees to “not engage in partisan political activity while in office or even on personal time.”