US election: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Trump won't hand over power

US election: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Trump won't hand over power

- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, without giving substantial evidence, has suggested Trump had defeated Biden in the highly-contested US election

- The senior official in the Republican leader's administration said there would be a only "smooth transition" to a second Trump administration while insisting every legal vote must count

- Biden, however, said the stand-off with the 74-year-old's administration won't stop his transition to the White House

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United States of America Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is the latest of President Donald Trump's allies to reject the country's presidential election results where Democrat Joe Biden is the projected winner.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, November 10, Pompeo, without giving substantial evidence, even suggested the Republican leader had defeated the Democrat in the highly-contested election.

US election: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Trump won't hand over power to Biden

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the US election is far from over. Photo: Getty Images.
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Legal votes

Pompeo said there would be a "smooth transition" to a second Trump administration while insisting every legal vote must count, Politico reported.

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“There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration. When the process is complete, there will be electors selected. There’s a process. The Constitution lays it out pretty clearly.”

The US Secretary of State is one of Trump's confidants and his remarks signal a tough battle ahead for the powerful nation ahead of Biden's swearing-in ceremony in January 2021.

Probe into rigging claims

His comments also came after US Attorney General William Barr authorised a probe into Trump's rigging claims.

US election: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Trump won't hand over power to Biden

President Trump has claimed in several tweets that his votes were stolen by Biden. Photo: Getty Images.
Source: Getty Images

Barr on Monday, November 9, gave federal prosecutors a go-ahead to investigate alleged fraud allegations in the casting of ballots.

“Given that voting in our current elections has now concluded, I authorise you to pursue substantial allegations of voting and vote tabulation irregularities prior to the certification of elections in your jurisdictions,” he directed.

Twitter rants

Trump at the same time continued with his Twitter rants, vowing he would never accept a "rigged" election despite Twitter flagging most of his tweets as misleading.

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"More and more people are stepping forward to expose this rigged election.We are making big progress. Results start to come in next week. Make America great again!"

Biden however, said the stand-off with the Trump administration won't stop his transition to the White House. He has already formed a transition team and said he would bring America back again into the game.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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