While Biden Calls the Real World, Trump and Allies Create Another

While Biden Calls the Real World, Trump and Allies Create Another

Mike Pompeo is the latest Republican official to indulge the president after his election loss.

Pompeo Adds to Myth That Trump Is Staying Put

One week after an election that confirmed Donald Trump as a one-term president, he and his allies continue to operate as if his next four years in office are right around the corner.

Asked on Tuesday about when the State Department would begin cooperating with the Biden transition team, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo deflected, saying “there will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration.”

Although delivered with the hint of a smile, it wasn’t immediately clear whether the secretary meant the comment as a joke, and a State Department spokesperson declined to clarify afterward. In interviews with conservative news outlets following the press conference, Pompeo seemed more willing to acknowledge that a Biden presidency was within the realm of possibility, while still not confirming his position either way.

Even as Trump’s better-than-expected election performance means Trumpism is here to stay, a majority of Americans think it is time for him to go. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday found that 79 percent of Americans believe Joe Biden won last Tuesday’s election, 18 percent are either undecided or don’t know, and 3 percent believe that Trump was the winner.