WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senior Republicans on Thursday tried to allay fears raised by President Donald Trump's controversial comments by reassuring American voters that lawmakers would accept the November election results.
Trump on Wednesday refused to promise a peaceful transfer of power if he lost the November 3 election and suggested that the fight for the Oval Office seat could end in the Supreme Court.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Trump said he was not sure if a “fair” election could be held on November 3, “with this whole situation, unsolicited ballots.”
The Republican president's rhetoric on Wednesday, mostly about mail-order voting, sparked a fierce response that prompted several Republicans in Congress to distance themselves from Trump.
“The winner of the November 3 election will officially take office on January 20. There will be an orderly transition of power, just like every four years since 1792,” McConnell tweeted.
(Susan Heavy, Doina Kiaku, Jeff Mason and Susan Cornwell in Washington DC and Dan Fastenberg in New York. Translated by Elizaveta Zhuravleva. Editor Marina Bobrova)