Secretary of State believes in a Trump victory despite media coverage, anticipates "smooth transition" to second term

by Jenny Mount · Nov 10th, 2020 3:47 pm

Last Updated Nov 10th, 2020 at 11:08 pm

Despite mainstream media coverage backing Joe Biden's claim to victory, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that he believes President Trump will end up being the winner of last week's presidential election.

"There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration," Pompeo said during a press conference.

Pompeo said that Trump is within his rights to challenge the vote counting and that he is confident that the final outcome will be in Trump's favor.

"We must count every legal vote. We must make sure that any vote that wasn't lawful ought not be counted. When we get it right, we'll get it right. We're in good shape," said Pompeo.

When asked if Trump's unwillingness to concede has discredited the State Department, Pompeo said the question was "ridiculous."

"That's ridiculous, and you know it's ridiculous, and you asked it because it's ridiculous. You asked a question that is ridiculous," Pompeo said. "This department cares deeply to make sure that elections around the world are safe and secure and free and fair, and my officers risk their lives to ensure that that happens. They work diligently on that."

Pompeo said that the department works to find the truth.

"We often encounter situations where it's not clear about a particular election. We work to uncover facts. We work to do discovery to learn whether in fact the outcome, the decision that was made reflected the will of the people … to make sure those elections are free and fair," he said. "We want every one of those votes to be counted in the same way that we have every expectation that every vote here in the United States will be counted, too. It is totally appropriate. The United States has an election system that is laid out deeply in our Constitution, and we're going to make sure that we get that right."


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