While warning that Trump had pending court challenges, O’Brien’s comments pointed to some of the strongest statements yet from a senior administration official acknowledging Biden’s victory in the Nov. 3 vote.
“If the Biden-Harris ticket is determined to be the winner, obviously things look like this now, we will have a very professional transition from the National Security Council. There is no question about it,” O’Brien said. “They are going to have very professional people coming in to fill these positions.”
He added: “We have passed the baton and have had peaceful and successful transitions even in the most troubled periods.”
Meanwhile, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said the “time has come” for President Donald Trump to accept that he has lost the election and told a Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation interviewer that Biden achieved a “pretty overwhelming victory” against Trump.
Maryland Governor Hogan said he agrees that the country needs to “ensure that all votes are counted” and that a process must be followed to challenge wrongdoing, but that, thus far, “there has been no evidence and (Republicans) have not won any cases. “
“It loses credibility,” Hogan said of Trump’s continued unsubstantiated claims. “More Republicans are coming out every day. We’re in the midst of twin crises. COVID-19 is spreading across the country … and our economy is crashing, and the president is tweeting all day and night about hitting Joe. Biden. To focus on having a really successful couple of months and focus on these issues. “
When asked directly about when Trump should concede, Hogan said: “I mean, tomorrow will be two weeks since we haven’t seen anything. The time has come. More and more people, very close supporters and friends of the president are all giving him. that advice. He’s just not listening. “
Hogan added that while the recounts and impeachments could exceed a few hundred votes, Trump’s claims will not come close to closing the gap.
“We are not going to make up the five million votes in all those states,” Hogan said.
“It was quite an overwhelming victory at this point.”