Maryland Republican Governor Larry Hogan on Friday beat up President Donald Trump for refusing to run President-elect Joe Biden and described delaying the transition as “outrageous” and “bad for the country”.
“We have to let the transition begin as soon as possible. These ridiculous challenges, which are not based on facts, have to come to an end,” Hogan, a frequent Trump critic, told Squawk Box.
“We need to push the transition. Like it or not, we cast the votes, we count the votes and we live with the result. We always had a peaceful change of power,” added Hogan, who weighed a primary challenge to Trump last year and did not vote for him in the November 3rd election. Instead, Hogan reportedly cast a written vote for former President Ronald Reagan, who died in 2004.
Trump did not award the presidential race to Biden, despite media organizations like NBC News calling the competition almost two weeks ago. The President’s campaign leads to numerous legal disputes in key battlefield states. In addition to filing a partial vote in Wisconsin, a state that Biden won.
The president has falsely claimed he won the election and, without producing any evidence, alleged that there was rampant electoral fraud intended to favor Biden. He also fired a senior US cybersecurity officer who repeatedly defended the integrity of the elections.
Biden has driven parts of the transition, such as the formation of advisory teams and other presidential-style measures. On Thursday, he held a virtual meeting with governors, including Hogan, on the coronavirus pandemic.
However, the Democrat’s transition team has raised concerns that delaying the official transition process and poor coordination of the pandemic response could be problematic. Some have also said that Trump’s disability puts national security at risk because Biden has not yet received any classified information.
“The mistake of not giving information to in-depth management right now is outrageous,” said Hogan. “I think it’s bad for Donald Trump. It’s bad for the Republican Party, bad for the country and bad for our standing in the world. It lowers the presidency.”
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request to comment on Hogan’s remarks.