Democrat representatives are preparing for the worst-case scenario, given the U.S. leader’s repeated statements about his readiness to challenge the results of the vote if they do not favour him.
A number of people from the entourage of US President Donald Trump are secretly working with the electoral headquarters of presidential candidate Joseph Biden to prepare for the transfer of power if a Democrat wins the November 3 elections. This was reported on Saturday by the CNN television company, citing its own sources.
According to them, these are the White House Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, and the White House Assistant to the President in charge of political coordination at the White House, Christopher Liddel. They have been helping Biden headquarters for months now to make the transfer process as painless as possible for the state apparatus. Democrat representatives are preparing for the worst-case scenario, given Trump’s repeated statements that he is prepared to challenge the results of the vote if they do not favour him.
According to TV sources, Biden’s transition team already numbers at least 150 people and if the Democrat wins the election, it will increase to 300 by the time the new US president is inaugurated. These individuals work remotely, but are actually based in the US Department of Commerce building in Washington DC. Their area of responsibility includes personnel changes in the government, the formation of lists of candidates for certain positions, and the drafting of the first presidential decrees by Biden after he takes office.
Advisors to this team also include individuals who were considered favourites for positions in the Democrat administration. These include former Assistant to the President for National Security Susan Rice, Sally Yates, who served as Deputy Minister of Justice in the Barack Obama administration, and Pete Buttejaj, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who sought to be nominated as a Democrat presidential candidate.
According to the publication, Biden is well aware of this work, but is not going to make any major personnel decisions until he is sure that the election is over. This position is due to the Democrat’s propensity for superstition, explains CNN.
Trump, in an interview with Fox Business in mid-October, did not give a direct answer to the question of under what circumstances he would be prepared to admit defeat and hand over power to his opponent, stating only that he wants a “fair election”. The general election in the USA will take place on 3 November. It will elect the President and Vice-President, all 435 members of the House of Representatives and a third of the Senate, and governors of 13 states and territories.