Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan tore up President Donald Trump on Friday over his refusal to run for president-elect Joe Biden, calling the transition delay “scandalous” and “bad for the country.”
“We need to start the transition as soon as possible. This kind of ridiculous, non-factual challenge needs to end,” Hogan, a frequent critic of Trump, said in the Squawk Box.
“We have to move forward with the transition. Like it or not, we vote, we count the votes and we live with the result. We have always had a peaceful transition to power,”
Trump has not given up on Biden’s presidential race, although media organizations, including NBC News, convened the race nearly two weeks ago. The president’s campaign is waging numerous legal battles in key states on the battlefield, in addition to applying for a partial vote count in Wisconsin, Biden won.
The president wrongly claimed to have won the election and claimed – without providing evidence – that there had been widespread voter fraud designed to favor Biden. He also fired a senior US cybersecurity official who repeatedly defended the integrity of the election.
Biden moved forward with parts of the transition, such as forming advisory teams, and taking other actions similar to the president’s. On Thursday, he held a virtual meeting with governors, including Hogan, about the coronavirus pandemic.
However, the Democrat’s transition team is increasingly expressing public concern that delaying the transition and failing to coordinate the pandemic response could be problematic. Some also said it threatened national security, as Biden had not yet received classified intelligence briefings.
“The mistake of not sharing information with the incoming administration at the moment is outrageous,” Hogan said. “I think it’s bad for Donald Trump. It’s bad for the Republican Party, bad for the country and our situation in the world. It reduces the presidency.”
Trump’s campaign did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on Hogan’s remarks.