Dhe former American President Barack Obama has made serious accusations against Republicans who, despite his electoral defeat, continue to support incumbent Donald Trump. What worries him more than Trump’s baseless election fraud allegations is the fact that other Republicans are dragging along against their better judgment, Obama said in pre-published excerpts from an interview that CBS News plans to air in full on Sunday. “It is a further step to deny legitimacy not only to the new Biden government but also to democracy as a whole. And that is a dangerous path. “
Trump has his defeat to the Democrat Joe Biden not yet admitted and presents himself as a victim of systematic electoral fraud, although there is no evidence of this. Commenting on Trump’s claims, Obama said, “Part of it seems to be because the president doesn’t like to lose and never admits defeat.” Few Republicans have publicly recognized Biden as the election winner. Rather, the party’s leaders – like Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell – are backing Trump’s attempts to challenge Biden’s victory.
Observers also see this as a move not to turn their own electorate against themselves and to keep them motivated for immensely important runoff elections for crucial Senate seats in Georgia in early January. But especially in the area of national security, the Republicans also have an interest in ensuring that there is an orderly handover and that Biden is fully capable of acting from day one in office.
More and more signs of acceptance for Biden’s election victory
A growing number of Republican politicians are now calling for that White House Make intelligence briefings available to newly elected President Joe Biden. Influential Senator Lindsey Graham told CNN on Thursday, when asked if Biden should get the briefings, “Yes, I think he should.” According to the media, Senators Chuck Grassley, James Lankford and John Thune made similar statements.
The statements could indicate that there is more and more acceptance of Biden’s election victory among the Republicans. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine named Biden “President-Elect” for the first time on Thursday. So far, Biden has provided the legally required support for an orderly handover (“transition”) of Trumps Government denied.
Foreign Ministry refuses to support
According to media reports, the White House is also putting obstacles in the way of Biden’s handover in other areas. So he can not receive a whole pile of congratulatory telegrams. In the US State Department there was mail addressed to Biden by foreign heads of state and government, but he was denied access to it, reported several TV stations, citing officials of the department.
Biden’s team had to take calls with congratulations on his election victory, including from Chancellor Angela Merkel, without the support of the Foreign Office with logistics and translation. Traditionally, the elected American president is supported in all communications by the State Department, which is why numerous countries have sent their congratulatory telegrams there since the weekend.
But Trump’s chief diplomat Mike Pompeo has not yet recognized Biden’s victory either. Instead, he spoke of a “smooth transition to a second Trump administration”. Because of the resistance, Biden’s team is missing millions of dollars as well as access to all ministries and authorities to prepare the transition there.