Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson, of Arkansas, said on Sunday that Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States and believes Donald Trump’s recent statements show he is starting to accept the fact that he lost the election.
“I expect Joe Biden to be the next president of the United States,” Hutchinson said during an appearance on NBC’s Meet The Press on Sunday. “It was good actually to see President Trump tweet out that ‘he won.’ I think that’s a start of an acknowledgment.”
Hutchinson added that the Trump administration should ensure a smooth handover of power to Biden’s team, something that the president has shown few signs of agreeing to so far.
“It is very important that Joe Biden have access to the intelligence briefings to make sure that he is prepared,” he said. “During times of transition our enemies have an opportunity to take advantage of us, and we want to make sure that there is a smooth transition, particularly when it comes to the vaccine distribution [so that] everybody understands what we’re doing there and what the plan is for the future.”
.@AsaHutchinson: "I expect Joe Biden to be the next president of the United States. It was good, actually, to see President Trump to tweet out that he won…And it is very important that Joe Biden have access to the intelligence briefings to make sure that he is prepared." pic.twitter.com/XyhGv5EClw
— Andrew Bates (@AndrewBatesNC) November 15, 2020
However, Trump later tweeted “I concede nothing” and has repeated baseless theories that the election was rigged.