“The great thing about the United States of America [is] We passed the baton and had peaceful successful transitions even during the most controversial periods, ”he said.
O’Brien made his testimony as Trump’s campaign continues to face legal challenges to election results, and he said the transition would begin “if the current lawsuits don’t work for the president”.
“When there is a new administration, they deserve some time to implement their policies,” said O’Brien.
Trump repeated his false claims on Twitter Monday morning that he won the election and alleged unfounded Democratic election fraud.
“The radical left Democrats are trying to steal this election in collaboration with their partner, the Fake News Media,” Trump tweeted. “We won’t let her!”
Trump’s long-term legal challenges have so far been coldly received by the courts, creating internal tension between Rudy Giuliani and other members of the legal team.
Even so, high-ranking government officials refuse to recognize Biden’s victory and begin preparing for the transition. The head of the GSA has refused to sign the papers that would allow government officials to coordinate with Biden’s team, and other officials refuse to publicly entertain the idea of a Biden presidency.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gloriously promised a “smooth transition to a second Trump administration” last week, top trade advisor Peter Navarro said on Friday that the White House continues to work “on the assumption” that the president will be in office for four more years , and White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany asked if Trump would attend the January inauguration, saying, “I think the president will attend his own inauguration.”
“He must actually be there,” she said on Friday about Fox Business.
However, some Republicans and foreign policy experts have urged Trump to give Biden and his aides access to certain national security intelligence to ensure the country does not remain vulnerable.
“The transition, especially in the areas of national security and homeland security, is so important that the transition is being delayed every day, which really leads to disadvantages,” Trump’s new chief of staff, John Kelly, told Politico last week .
In addition to the Chief of Staff Kelly – a retired four-star Marine Corps. General – served as Secretary of Homeland Security under Trump.
“You lose a lot if the transition is delayed because the new people are not allowed to get their heads in the game,” said Kelly on Friday.