US President Donald Trump on Wednesday refused to guarantee that he will transfer power if he loses the November election.
“Well, we’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump replied when asked at a White House press conference whether he is committed to a peaceful handover of power upon a change of president.
Biden, who holds a steady lead over the Republican incumbent in opinion polls ahead of the November 3 vote, expressed incredulity.
“What country are we in? He says the most irrational things. I don’t know what to say.” Biden replied, when asked about Trump’s comment by reporters.
While referring to the increased use of mail-in ballots due to the coronavirus pandemic, Donald Trump said:
“You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots and the ballots are a disaster. Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There’ll be a continuation,” he said.
Trump frequently alleges that mail-in ballots are vulnerable to mass fraud and are being encouraged by Democrats to rig the election.
Trump’s latest insistence that there cannot be a free and fair presidential election came as a result of the pressure mounted over his plan to put a new, right-leaning justice on the Supreme Court.
Trump is to nominate a replacement on Saturday for the late justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last week.
The Republican Party, which has a majority in the Senate, is expected to quickly confirm the nominee.
On Wednesday, September 23, Trump said he thinks the election “will end up in the Supreme Court.”