CNN host Don Lemon allowed a guest to accuse Donald Trump’s White House of “acting like a dictatorship” after comments from current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Lemon's guest, William Cohen’s, former Secretary of Defense and Republican Senator, comments come after Pompeo’s remarks saying, “There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration."
Tuesday evening, Cohen reacted to Pompeo’s remarks after the secretary of state refused to acknowledge Joe Biden as the clear winner of the 2020 election.
“My reaction is the way they are conducting themselves is more akin to a dictatorship than a democracy.”
“I think the State Department has been politicized just like the DOD has tried to be politicized, and what we’ve done to undermine the intelligence community and other agencies,” he added.
“I think it’s consistent with what has been taking place for four years now.”
Pompeo’s statement came days after the 2020 presidential election was called for Biden.
His comments were praised by President Trump, who is insisting he will win the election and continues to make false statements of a “rigged” election.
“In response, Trump tweeted, “That’s why Mike was number one in his class at West Point!” – referring to the military academy in New York.
Pompeo continued with his remarks saying, “We’re ready. The world is watching what’s taking place. We’re going to count all the votes, when the process is complete there’ll be electors selected. The constitution lays it out pretty clearly.
“The world should have every confidence that transition necessary to make sure that the state department is functional today, successful today, and successful when the president who’s in office on January 20 a minute after noon will be successful,” he added.
Pompeo then went on to say that he’s been getting “calls from around the world” about the election results.
While vowing that “every legal vote” would be counted and that the Trump administration will ensure that the recount would be done “right.”
“I am very confident that we will – we must – count every legal vote and any one that wasn’t lawful aught not be counted,” the secretary of state said.
“Gotta get that right. When we get it right, we’ll get it right.”
“We’re in good shape,” he added.
On Monday, Pompeo appeared to ignore a reporter who asked whether he’d cooperate in the transition with Biden’s campaign.
The exchange came during a photo op between South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-what, who was in Washington DC to discuss the effects of the 2020 election on the country’s relationship with the US.
Pompeo is one of several Trump allies who have decried the election results.
His refusal to acknowledge Biden’s win came as Vice President Mike Pence tweeted, “It ain’t over til’ it’s over.”
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