Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at a press conference Tuesday there would be a smooth transition to "a second Trump administration" and made no reference to handing over power to President-elect Joe Biden.
Pompeo also said it was "ridiculous" to suggest President Donald Trump's refusal to concede defeat in last week's election could undermine U.S. efforts to promote free elections and peaceful transfers of power overseas.
Asked by Fox News correspondent Rich Edison if the administration was working with Biden's team on a presidential transition, Pompeo said with a smile, "There will be a smooth transmission to a second Trump administration."
Then he added, "We're ready. The world is watching what's taking place. We're going to count all the votes. There is a process."
About allegations of voter fraud and whether there was evidence that could change the outcome of the election, Pompeo said every "legal vote" needed to be counted.