Mr Biden’s comments came as governors across the country began imposing severe new restrictions on businesses, schools, bars and sports facilities in a bid to slow the spread of the virus, prompting an increasingly aggressive response from Republicans, including some from those of Mr. Trump’s advisers.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whiter’s decision to close casinos, movie theaters and indoor dining – and suspend personal education in high schools and colleges – prompted Republicans to call for impeachment for three weeks. She said Dr. Atlas’ remarks were “irresponsible” and left her breathless.
“Look, if the Biden-Harris ticket is chosen as the winner – and obviously things look like this now – we will have a very professional transition from the National Security Council,” Mr O’Brien said.
Perhaps wary of the anger of a president who refuses to acknowledge the obvious, however, even Mr. O’Brien speaks conditionally, falsely assuming that the election result remains uncertain.
“If there is a new administration, they deserve some time to come in and implement their policies,” Mr O’Brien said during a conversation recorded last week and broadcast Monday as part of a conference hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Affairs. Studies.
“And if we’re in a situation where we’re not entering Trump’s second term, which I think people sitting in the White House would like to see, if that’s another result, it’s going to be a professional transition – there’s no doubt about that, “he added.
Jim Tankersley and Alan Rapeport contributed to the report.