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Former US ambassador on switch of energy to Biden, Trump’s refusal to concede

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Delays within the transition course of from the present administration to President-elect Joe Biden’s administration might result in “substantial” injury if President Donald Trump continues to refuse to concede, mentioned a former American ambassador to Singapore.

“So far I think it’s not terribly damaging, it’s really still early days,” David Adelman informed CNBC’s “Capital Connection” on Monday. “If it were to persist for weeks or even more than a month, I think the damage would be substantial.”

President-elect Joe Biden waves to reporters after attending briefings with members of his “Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board” in Wilmington, Delaware, November 9, 2020.

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In a tweet on Sunday, Trump appeared for the primary time to publicly acknowledge that Biden had gained the election. But he has continued to say the election was “rigged,” a declare that has been rejected by election officers. NBC News referred to as the race for Biden final Saturday.

Adelman, who’s an adjunct professor at New York University, mentioned this can be a “very delicate time” within the U.S. and that Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have executed what different fashionable successful campaigns have executed prior to now, which is to kind company evaluation groups. They are folks tasked with evaluating the operations of federal businesses, who will assist the brand new administration obtain their promised coverage targets outlined throughout the marketing campaign.

The kind of cussed unwillingness to interact within the transition is unprecedented, it is dangerous to the United States and … raises dangers for the entire world.

David Adelman

Former U.S. ambassador to Singapore

However, whereas the transition has not but been negatively affected, the brand new administration will quickly want entry to the President’s Daily Briefing, he mentioned.

“The PDB is historically, by now, being given to the president elect. That has not yet happened,” he mentioned.

“In the next couple of weeks, we’re going to get to the point where they’re going to really be in need of the highly confidential briefings in order to really do their job and prepare for the transfer of power,” Adelman mentioned.

There’s “great risk” to the world, and it’s “potentially catastrophic if the President-elect doesn’t begin to receive that highly confidential information in the weeks leading up” to the inauguration, he added.

Asked if Trump will concede, Adelman mentioned the president should.

“The votes will be certified here in the next couple of weeks and there’s an inauguration scheduled for January 20th,” he mentioned.

“The sort of stubborn unwillingness to engage in the transition is unprecedented, it’s harmful to the United States and … raises risks for the whole world,” he added. “I expect in the next week or so, we’ll see some softening of the president’s position, and an openness to at least the very basics of a transition and preparation for the peaceful transfer of power on January 20th.”


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