Retired Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster, who served as a national security adviser under President Donald Trump, said that the president was giving a “gift” to U.S. adversaries by declining to commit to a peaceful transition of power following the upcoming election.
When asked last Wednesday if he would commit to a peaceful transition, Trump responded by saying “we’ll see what happens.”
“Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful—there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation,” the president said. “The ballots are out of control. You know it, and, you know, who knows it better than anyone else? The Democrats know it better than anyone else.”
Democrats and some Republicans raised alarms about the president’s remarks. Leading GOP lawmakers also issued statements voicing their commitment to a peaceful transition, regardless of the results.
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McMaster was asked about Trump’s comments