Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seemingly joked that the post-election transition period would be smooth because President Donald Trump would be re-elected, and many called on the House to censure him.
A reporter asked Pompeo if the State Department was currently engaged with Joe Biden's transition team, after last week's election win, and whether any delay would hamper the smooth transition of power.
"There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration," Pompeo said.
The secretary's remarks came as the president and his Republican allies challenge Joe Biden's election win in some states, which is aimed at overturning last week's results and keeping Trump in office four more years.
Social media users blasted Pompeo's statements.
Pompeo says: "There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration" Call this what it is: TREASON! https://t.co/Gms9bHNRy9— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch.com) 1605033364.0
The House should censure Pompeo.— southpaw (@southpaw) 1605033201.0
Trump's account is advocating street violence in Pennsylvania. I've reported it to Twitter Support. That's the pred… https://t.co/kcJepSpQit— Tim Hogan (@Tim Hogan) 1605033687.0
If Pompeo wants to "make a joke" he can go try his tight five at the Comedy Cellar. He's the Secretary of State spe… https://t.co/PXsfCmAKzP— Max Burns (@Max Burns) 1605034111.0
This is jaw-dropping. Monstrous. Pompeo: "There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration." If… https://t.co/Yl0CGpoDH1— Ed Solomon (@Ed Solomon) 1605033980.0
Basically: Pompeo was probably joking, but that is still extremely stupid and hypocritical coming from State of all places.— Matt Berman (@Matt Berman) 1605033756.0
Pompeo's statement is beyond unacceptable, and requires an immediate censure by the House and commencement of oversight hearings.— Matt McDermott (@Matt McDermott) 1605033378.0
No American, regardless of their political views, is helped by having a disruptive transition of power. We are in t… https://t.co/uYcyD5H6Pu— Rep. Katie Porter (@Rep. Katie Porter) 1605034587.0
the Senate-confirmed Secretary of State should not be joking about ignoring the results of a democratic election th… https://t.co/AMObSx6I2w— Dr. Christina M. Kinane (@Dr. Christina M. Kinane) 1605034192.0
@jaketapper I am looking forward to a full and fair investigation of Mike Pompeo's misuse of government funds for p… https://t.co/RrL5MCAyic— Norman Ornstein (@Norman Ornstein) 1605033710.0
I get that it's bad for Pompeo to act like his boss is going to retain office, but take it from someone who's watch… https://t.co/hW7Y8XA3S7— Connor Wroe Southard ⚔️🛡🤟 (@Connor Wroe Southard ⚔️🛡🤟) 1605033710.0
So it appears Pompeo was trying to make a joke ... but that’s no defense. This isn’t a joke. And he never acknowled… https://t.co/agyo65ieRV— Michael Cohen (@Michael Cohen) 1605033844.0
Regardless of what he claims in the future, Mike Pompeo is not “just joking” or being facetious here. Just like ext… https://t.co/pp3tn63q8z— Caroline Orr Bueno (@Caroline Orr Bueno) 1605034077.0
statements like pompeo's are meant to get the base hooting and hollering, while giving pompeo a cop-out of "just jo… https://t.co/kAD7bjEtXT— Kelly Weill (@Kelly Weill) 1605034088.0
Holy heck. This is an incredibly reckless and damaging statement from the person supposed to represent American val… https://t.co/5ncqprmk05— Garrett M. Graff (@Garrett M. Graff) 1605032774.0
@SpeakerPelosi, it's time to censure and/or impeach Mike Pompeo. NOW! https://t.co/rVDxZ8laGo— RJ (@RJ) 1605034253.0
.@SecPompeo, there is no second Trump administration. But thank you for coming out and publicly stating “I AM STAGI… https://t.co/GomePjkVXF— Andrew Wortman 🏳️🌈 (@Andrew Wortman 🏳️🌈) 1605033445.0