| Cincinnati Enquirer
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Sunday urged President Donald Trump to allow the normal transition of power to his successor, President-elect Joe Biden.
“It’s clear that, certainly, based on what we know now, that Joe Biden is the president-elect. And that transition, for the country’s sake, it’s important for a normal transition to start through,” DeWine – a Republican like Trump – said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “And the president can go on his other track and his legal track. We should respect that, but we also need to begin that process.”
Trump has refused to concede since the vote count put the race out of reach for him and the election was called by several media organizations for President-elect Biden. His administration has also refused to work with Biden’s transition team, blocking the release of funds to help smooth the incoming administration’s path and preventing Biden from receiving the daily security briefings a president-elect would normally be entitled to.
Trump, for the first time, acknowledged Sunday his Democratic opponent Biden won the presidential election, though he repeated his false claims that the race was “rigged” by Democrats. In later tweets, he backed off that admission.
DeWine last week became one of the first governors of a state won by Trump to acknowledge Biden’s victory. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has since said the same.
Hutchinson noted that the Department of Homeland Security “indicated this week that there’s not any evidence of rampant fraud in the election that would undermine the result,” a finding that Trump has directly contradicted.
USA TODAY contributed reporting.