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. — GOP Governor Mike DeWine of Ohio
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. — GOP Governor Mike DeWine of Ohio
2 more GOP governors push Trump to start the formal presidential transition process with Biden
  • GOP Govs. Mike DeWine of Ohio and Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas are both pushing the administration of President Donald Trump to begin the transition process with President-elect Joe Biden.
  • Both men said that it was important for Biden to be up to speed with pertinent issues that would not compromise governmental functions.
  • Trump has repeatedly refused to formally concede the presidential race to 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 said on CNN's "State of the Union. "The president could go on his other track, his legal track, we should respect that, but we also need to begin that process."

... On NBC's "Meet the Press," Hutchinson said that the president-elect won the election.

"I expect Joe Biden to be the next president of the United States," he said. "It is very important that [he] has access to the intelligence briefings to make sure that he is prepared. During times of transition, our enemies have an opportunity to take advantage of us, and we want to make sure that there is a smooth transition, particularly when it comes to the vaccine distribution [so that] everybody understands what we're doing there and what the plan is for the future."

Hutchinson added: "It was good actually to see President Trump tweet out that 'he [Biden] won.' I think that's a start of an acknowledgment.

... While most Republican governors have supported Trump's legal efforts or remained mum about the situation, Govs. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Chris Sununu of New Hampshire both said last week that Biden was the winner of the election.