Trump mum on peace­ful trans­fer of fed­eral power

USA TODAY US Edition - - NEWS | WASHINGTON - John Fritze Con­tribut­ing: Christal Hayes

WASH­ING­TON – Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump de­clined to com­mit Wed­nes­day to pro­vid­ing a peace­ful trans­fer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 elec­tion, prompt­ing a back­lash, in­clud­ing from se­nior Repub­li­cans who un­der­scored their sup­port of an or­derly tran­si­tion re­gard­less of who wins the White House race.

“Well, we’re go­ing to have to see what hap­pens,” Trump said when asked if he would com­mit to a peace­ful tran­si­tion, as­sum­ing he lost. He also re­peated his crit­i­cisms of mail-in vot­ing, a prac­tice that he has claimed will lead to fraud.

“You know that I’ve been com­plain­ing very strongly about the bal­lots and the bal­lots are a disas­ter,” Trump told re­porters. “Get rid of the bal­lots and you’ll have a very a peace­ful – there won’t be a trans­fer, frankly, there’ll be a con­tin­u­a­tion.”

On Thurs­day, Trump an­swered a ques­tion about whether he would ac­cept the elec­tion re­sults as le­git­i­mate by say­ing he wanted to make sure the elec­tion was “hon­est.” But he added that he wasn’t sure it would be. “We have to be very care­ful with the bal­lots. The bal­lots – that’s a whole big scam.”

Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell did not name Trump di­rectly but said the trans­fer of power would con­tinue as usual, tweet­ing the win­ner of the elec­tion will be in­au­gu­rated Jan. 20. “There will be an or­derly tran­si­tion just as there has been ev­ery four years since 1792.”

Demo­crat Joe Bi­den re­sponded to Trump’s com­ments Wed­nes­day: “What coun­try are we in? I’m be­ing face­tious. Look, he says the most ir­ra­tional things. I don’t know what to say.”

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