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President Donald Trump’s chief of staff has told GOP senators to “make the most of” the remaining 45 days of their time with Trump, an apparent admission that the president will soon leave office.
Mark Meadows made the comment in a meeting with lawmakers on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press (AP).
It is striking in light of Trump’s continued refusal to admit that he lost the 2020 presidential election and that Joe Biden is now President-elect.
One of the senators, John Cornyn of Texas, paraphrased Meadows’s message by saying: “basically just that we got about 45 days left of the president’s term.”
Cornyn, again paraphrasing, said Meadows did add a caveat in line with Trump’s false insistence that he won. Cornyn’s paraphrase was that he added “whether it’s 45 days or four years and 45 days,” the AP reported.
All the same, the implication was clear: Senior members of Trump’s administration have no certainty that he will remain in office.
The White House did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
It is one of several covert or unintended signals that the GOP increasingly accepts the validity of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in private, even as most of them continue to publicly support Trump’s position.
Trump continues to mount numerous legal challenges to the election result, and has blocked the General Services Administration (GSA) from authorizing official transition resources to Biden.
In Pennsylvania, where Rudy Giuliani is presenting a case to challenge Biden’s win there, the state’s senator Pat Toomey told the AP: “Let me just say, I don’t think they have a strong case.”
On Tuesday, four GOP senators approached Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, who currently represents California in the Senate, to congratulate her on her victory, CNN reporter Manu Raju noted. Of those, only one — Ben Sasse of Nebraska — has publicly admitted the election result.
One of those who congratulated her, James Lankford of Oklahoma, later said to CNN that he was simply being polite.
Despite the continued public stonewalling of Biden’s transition efforts, a trickle of current and former Trump administration officials have privately reached out to him with offers of informal help, CNN reported.
“Nothing that would get us in trouble,” the official told CNN. “Just an offer to be of help. They know what we mean, and what we can and can’t do or say.”
Trump’s refusal to release top-level information for Biden’s transition — is prompting a growing chorus of criticism.
Some Senate Republicans — while still supporting the president’s right to mount legal challenges — have said that Biden should still be briefed, Politico reported.
Lankford told the outlet: “Both of them have got to be ready to serve, if selected. We don’t know who the winner is. So keep the briefings going.”
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