Trump: ‘Yes’ to Peaceful Transition, but Wants ‘Honest’ Election, ‘to Win’
In a first in his political career, President Donald Trump has committed to a “peaceful transition of power,” but not before pointing to the Obama-Biden administration for not living up to that standard, despite no rebuke of it.
“Let me just tell you, they talked about the peaceful transfer, right?” Trump told NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie during his town hall debate in Miami on Thursday night. “They spied on my campaign and they got caught, and they spied heavily on my campaign.
“And they tried to take down a duly elected sitting president and then they talk about, ‘will you accept a peaceful transfer?’ And the answer is, ‘yes, I will,’ but I want it to be an honest election and so does everybody else.”
Trump made a pointed rebuke to debate moderators not asking Joe Biden and Democrats about a peaceful transition of power.
“Savannah, I want it to be clean,” Trump continued. “I really think I’m going to win, but I want this to be clean. It’s sort of ironic that you and them talk about the peaceful transfer when I spent 3½ years fighting off these maniacs and now it turns out, everything’s there, that they were the ones that dealt with Russia and it’s too bad.
“Peaceful transfer, I absolutely want that, but ideally I don’t want a transfer, I want to win.”
Trump, dueling Biden on separate networks in his own town-hall style debate, was combative at times with host Guthrie, but was also forceful on direct questioning about his pandemic positions, economic recovery, healthcare reform, preexisting conditions, tax returns, and being “under levered” with debt compares to assets with the Trump Organization.
Published at Fri, 16 Oct 2020 00:34:46 +0000