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Politics Trump's former national security adviser says President's refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power is disappointing

03:06  25 september  2020
03:06  25 september  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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2020 Election Live Updates: Refusing to Commit to a Peaceful Transfer of Power , Trump Again A former top military commander under Trump is among 489 security leaders who say he is unfit for office. Most Republicans have remained silent about President Trump ’ s refusal to commit to a

President Trump , during a news conference at the White House Wednesday evening, refused to Asked by a reporter whether he would “ commit here today for a peaceful transfer of all power after the Mr. Trump said that he had a call scheduled with Gov. Andy Beshear of Kentucky, a Democrat.

President Donald Trump's former national security adviser H.R. McMaster lamented Thursday the President's refusal to commit to providing a peaceful post-election transition of power on Thursday and dismissed the notion of potential military involvement.

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Retired Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster added to a chorus of high-level officials grappling with the comments while promising a smooth transfer of authority in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room."

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President Trump on Wednesday declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose to Joe Biden. Washington — A handful of GOP lawmakers, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are distancing themselves from President Trump ' s refusal to commit to a peaceful

The president sparked fresh anger and disbelief on Thursday after he refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power . Hillary Clinton, beaten by Trump in 2016, tweeted: “ Trump ’ s refusal to commit to the peaceful transfer of power is the behavior of a desperate would-be dictator who’d

"This is very disappointing, and really, this is something that our founders feared," McMaster told Blitzer. He referenced warnings from founding fathers James Madison and Alexander Hamilton in the Federalist Papers on the dangers of identifying with factional political parties, instead of with the nation as a whole, as a potential road to violence.

Citing Trump's "unfortunate" comments, McMaster continued, "We have to demand that our leaders restore confidence in our democratic principles and institutions and processes and, of course, it's the administration who has responsibility to secure the election process." He added that "there's been a lot of work done, you know, within that administration, to do it after the lessons of the 2016 election."

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President Trump said on Wednesday that “we’re going to have to see what happens” when asked about Asked whether he would “ commit here today for a peaceful transferral of power after the Mr. Trump ’ s refusal — or inability — to endorse perhaps the most fundamental tenet of American

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden slams Donald Trump ' s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power and relinquish his office should he Asked if he loses this year’ s election to Biden, will he accept the results and commit to a peaceful transition, Trump said , “We’re going to have to

When asked what role the military would hypothetically have to play should Trump lose the election and refuse to concede to Democratic nominee Joe Biden in November, McMaster replied, "Absolutely no role."

He stressed that "the military should have nothing to do with partisan politics, and nothing to do with even any talk about a transition between administrations."

"And those who suggest that the military would have any role in transition, they are being equally irresponsible," he added. "And I heard some of the comments, for example, by Vice President Biden, not in recent days but much earlier."

In June, Biden said that he was "absolutely convinced" the military would escort Trump from the White House if he loses the election but refuses to leave office. Saying he was "so damn proud" of the military leaders who had recently criticized Trump, Biden continued, "You have so many rank and file military personnel saying, 'Well, we're not a military state, this is not who we are.' I promise you, I'm absolutely convinced, they will escort him from the White House with great dispatch."

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“ Trump ' s lack of commitment to a peaceful transfer of power is unprecedented,” its reporter said , "Even President Richard Nixon, during his first Inaugural Address in 1969, commented on the peaceful transfer of power , saying , 'In the orderly transfer of power , we celebrate the unity that keeps us

A day after President Trump refused to promise a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the 2020 election, lawmakers pushed back on his statements. At a press conference Wednesday, Trump said , "we'll have to see what happens," when it comes to whether he would peacefully hand over his office.

On Thursday, Trump's comments were mostly dismissed by Republicans on Capitol Hill, with many downplaying the remarks as merely rhetoric and others deflecting questions about a comment that Democrats fear could threaten a fundamental principle of American democracy.

"The President says crazy stuff. We've always had a peaceful transition of power. It's not going to change," said Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, who has been an occasional critic of the President.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who rarely weighs in on controversial Trump comments, tweeted, "The winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th. There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792."

In contrast, Sen. Mitt Romney, a Utah Republican who has stood at odds with the President in the past, slammed Trump's comments on Wednesday.

"Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus," Romney tweeted. "Any suggestion that a president might not respect this Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable."

This isn't McMaster's first jab at the President this week. He said Tuesday that the President and other lawmakers are "making it easy" for Russian President Vladimir Putin by promoting conspiracy theories about US election integrity and Biden.

"It's just wrong," McMaster told CNN's Jake Tapper on "The Lead." "It's making it easy for Vladimir Putin. And I think it's really important for leaders to be responsible about this because, really, as you know Putin doesn't create these divisions in our society, he doesn't create these doubts, he magnifies them."

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