Now Even 'Fox and Friends' Host Is Urging Trump to 'Start Coordinating' With Biden on His Transition
President Donald Trump still refuses to accept the results of the 2020 election, in which President-elect Joe Biden defeated him with 306 electoral votes—the same number of electoral votes Trump won with in 2016.
As the President tweets lie after lie about widespread voter fraud tipping the election to Biden, Trump's administration is stonewalling attempts from the incoming Biden team to begin coordinating a peaceful transition of power.
General Services Administration head Emily Murphy is refusing to sign off on the paperwork allocating funds and office space for Biden's team to begin coordinating the transition.
The longer this refusal to accept reality continues, the less time Biden's staff will have to evaluate government data to formulate a plan for January 20th, when Biden will officially be inaugurated.
This could be particularly harmful in the face of the pandemic that's killed nearly 250 thousand Americans.
National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases director, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said that he was "concerned" about Trump's delay of the transition, especially in light of promising vaccine trials and the coordination their rollouts will take.
Now, even Brian Kilmeade—co-host of Fox and Friends on the conservative Fox News network—is urging Trump to begin coordinating with Biden to finally strategize a plan to end the virus that's upended every facet of daily life in the United States.
Fox host Brian Kilmeade urges Trump to "coordinate" with Biden's team on COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/eThJtIVRy8
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) November 18, 2020
"I think it's in the country's best interest if he starts coordinating on the virus, starts coordinating with security, with the Biden team and just brief them, because on the virus—we're gonna be able to get this out as soon as two weeks. We need to coordinate on the transportation and implementation, and he'll see how thorough the planning has been so we don't drop the ball in a little while."
Trump is a frequent call-in guest and watcher of Fox and Friends, so it's likely the President saw the broadcast. Judging by his tweets falsely claiming that he won Michigan—which Biden carried by nearly 150 thousand votes—and that thousands of fraudulent votes were found in Georgia, he's not heeding Kilmeade's advice.
Even if the results in Michigan and Georgia were overturned, Trump would still be six votes shy of the 270 electoral votes required to take the presidency.
There were a variety of reactions to Kilmeade's unexpected call for Trump to begin the transition.
I look forward to living in a nation where its chief executive makes decisions in the national interest and not based on what he watches on TV. https://t.co/iGT4qr7V21
— Cristian Farias (@cristianafarias) November 18, 2020
Important for Trump who believes the three branches of government are Fox and Friends. https://t.co/j3oUPtdyMn
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) November 18, 2020
Fox are in such a precarious position at the moment. How they balance Trump/the GOP/the President-elect/democracy/ratings etc is fascinating.
There is a clear editorial divide now between daytime and the big-hitters in the evening schedule https://t.co/y5j2kWLXkU
— Chris - Inside Edge (@InsideEdgeMedia) November 18, 2020
The fact that someone on Fox saying the right thing is so shocking tells you everything. https://t.co/poBMJjpwQN
— Ryan Gunterman 😷 (@RyanGunterman) November 18, 2020
Fox now preaching truth... Give me a break. https://t.co/0pMwYjrUs0
— Paul Lorona (@LoronaP) November 18, 2020
While Kilmeade stressed that beginning the transition process was "in the country's best interest," Trump's critics insisted that the President only cares about his personal interest.
When will Republicans recognize that Trump only acts in self interest and does not care about the greater good of the country. https://t.co/MdTxbi59ps
— The Zen Corner 🌎 (@TheZenCorner) November 18, 2020
When has he ever done anything in the best interests of the country?
His ONLY interest is getting that next narcissistic fix, and he will toss an entire country overboard to do it.
He would nuke California if they let him hold a rally before he did it.
— Andrew de Moray 🏴 🇺🇲 (@carusotrap) November 18, 2020
That's the thing. Trump has never cared about what's "in the country's best interest", only what's in his. https://t.co/tISirzTKTK
— Matthew DesOrmeaux ⚜ (@authoridad) November 18, 2020
President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be inaugurated on January 20th, but it's up to the Trump administration whether or not they'll have the resources to begin effectively governing on day one.