Trump Is Setting Up Transition Plan in Case He Loses in November
To hear him talk about it, Donald Trump certainly doesn’t expect to lose the November election. The President said of the numerous surveys that have him losing to Joe Biden, “I don’t believe the polls. I believe the people of this country are smart. And I don’t think that they will put a man in who’s incompetent.”
The possibility of the Democrats recapturing the White House, however, is very real. And Trump has to be prepared for that potential situation. According to new reports, the President is setting up a council to ensure a clean transition if he is forced to leave office.
Trump, of course, isn’t doing so by choice. In 2015, Congress passed the Presidential Transition Act, which requires sitting Presidents to create an clear path to transition. The council must be set up at least 6 months before the November election.
David Marchnik, from the Partnership for Public Services explains, “The relevance of transition planning has intensified since it could be the first election since 1932 where we had more than 20% unemployment, more than twice as high as the unemployment rate in 2008. You add to that a health crisis and the potential for a virtual transition. The degree of complexity has increased significantly.”
Biden says of the transition process, “You can’t wait until you win, if you win. You’ve got to start right now. People know we’re in real trouble and they’re ready to help.”
The former Vice President is leading the incumbent in a number of different polls.