/Republican Arkansas governor: Trump beginning transition process more significant than a concession | TheHill – The Hill

Republican Arkansas governor: Trump beginning transition process more significant than a concession | TheHill – The Hill


Arkansas Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonSunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge Active coronavirus cases hit new high in Arkansas Ex-AG Holder urges GOP to speak against Trump efforts to ‘subvert’ election results MORE (R) on Sunday credited President TrumpDonald John TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge MORE for beginning the transition process, calling it more important than conceding the election to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Biden transition adds new members to coronavirus task force MORE.

“[Biden] is president-elect, we need to work on that transition. I applaud President Trump for initiating that transition,” Hutchinson said on “Fox News Sunday.” He added that “the worst thing that can happen” for the deployment of vaccines and continuity on the federal coronavirus response “is we do not have a smooth handoff.”

“We’re working with the transition, we expect [Biden] to be sworn in on January 20,” Hutchinson told guest host Brett Baier. “The words of President Trump are not quite as significant” as the transition process being underway, he added.

“I understand the legal reason why he should not [concede] because he has some appeals our going but… it’s President-elect Joe Biden,” Hutchinson said.

While Trump has refused to concede to Biden, continuing to make baseless claims of voter fraud and mounting legal challenges to the outcome of the election, he has authorized General Services Administration to begin the transition process.

As for the Trump campaign’s legal challenges, Hutchinson on Sunday said, “the courts have not seen any evidence of such extensive fraud … scores of courts have looked at that.”

Hutchinson is one of a handful of Republican governors who urged Trump to allow the transition to begin while the administration was stonewalling the process earlier in November.

“It is very important that Joe Biden have access to the intelligence briefings to make sure that he is prepared,” Hutchinson told NBC’s Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddRichmond says GOP ‘reluctant to stand up and tell the emperor he wears no clothes’ GOP senator calls for cooperation on Biden transition: ‘I’d rather have a president that has more than one day to prepare’ Hogan calls Giuliani press conference a ‘train wreck’ MORE in mid-November.

“During times of transition, our enemies have an opportunity to take advantage of us, and we want to make sure that there is a smooth transition, particularly when it comes to the vaccine distribution, the coronavirus, that everybody understands what we’re doing there and what the plan is for the future,” he added.

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