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President Donald Trump enjoys the support of most GOP leaders in challenging President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, but two GOP governors on Sunday pushed the Trump administration to begin the presidential transition process.
Governors Mike DeWine of Ohio and Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas both said that it was important for Biden to be up to speed with pertinent issues that would not compromise governmental functions.
“It’s clear, that certainly based on what we know now, that Joe Biden is the president-elect and that transition for the country’s sake, it’s important for a normal transition to start through,” DeWine said on CNN’s “State of the Union. “The president could go on his other track, his legal track, we should respect that, but we also need to begin that process.”
“People are tired,” says @GovMikeDeWine on the Covid-19 surge.
“I don’t think any of us thought we would see an uptick like we have… a month ago we had a thousand people in our hospitals… a week ago we had 2,000. Now we have over 3,000. So it’s rolling through Ohio.” pic.twitter.com/XWVrmydISN
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) November 15, 2020
Despite DeWine’s position, he also said that Trump had a right to let his election-related litigation play out in court.
“I’d say this to both sides of this, and I was certainly a supporter of and remain a supporter of the president, but the president has every right to go into court, every right to bring any kind of evidence that he has and no one should begrudge him that or say that there’s anything irregular about that,” he said.
On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Hutchinson said that the president-elect won the election.
“I expect Joe Biden to be the next president of the United States,” he said. “It is very important that [he] has access to the intelligence briefings to make sure that he is prepared. During times of transition, our enemies have an opportunity to take advantage of us, and we want to make sure that there is a smooth transition, particularly when it comes to the vaccine distribution [so that] everybody understands what we’re doing there and what the plan is for the future.”
WATCH: Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.) says “I expect Joe Biden to be the next president of the United States.” #MTP@AsaHutchinson: “It was good actually to see President Trump tweet out … I think that’s a start of an acknowledgment.” pic.twitter.com/ErBIdItsgh
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) November 15, 2020
Hutchinson added: “It was good actually to see President Trump tweet out that ‘he [Biden] won.’ I think that’s a start of an acknowledgment.
While most Republican governors have supported Trump’s legal efforts or remained mum about the situation, Govs. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Chris Sununu of New Hampshire both said last week that Biden was the winner of the election.
On Sunday, Trump tweeted that Biden “won” the election due to a “rigged process,” another debunked claim, and then …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics