Top House Democrat slams Pompeo over remarks about second Trump administration

The top Democrat with oversight of foreign affairs criticized Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoNikki Haley says if Trump runs for president in 2024 then she won't Blinken: China 'didn't do what it needed to do' in early stages of pandemic Biden loves the Georgia boycott — So why won't he boycott the Beijing Olympic games? MORE on Tuesday, saying he is reinforcing “false claims” from President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Romney on NRSC awarding Trump: Not 'my preference' McConnell sidesteps Trump calling him 'dumb son of a b----' MORE of election fraud.

Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance Engel Progressives fight for leverage amid ever-slimming majority Progressives target Manchin, Sinema with new PAC State Department sets up new bureau for cybersecurity and emerging technologies MORE (D-N.Y.), the outgoing chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Pompeo is playing “along with baseless and dangerous attacks on the legitimacy of last week’s election.”

“In fact, all Administration officials should drop their false claims about electoral fraud and [the General Services Administration] should release the funding and support necessary for a smooth transition that protects our national security,” Engel said in a statement.


Engel added that the State Department "should now begin preparing for President-elect Biden’s transition.”

Pompeo said during a press briefing at the State Department earlier Tuesday that “there will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration.”

The nation's top diplomat also signaled that he didn’t believe the results of the election, saying “we’re gonna count all the votes.”

Biden was declared the winner of the presidential race on Saturday, yet Trump has refused to concede the election, launched numerous legal battles alleging voter fraud and blocked the release of physical and financial resources set aside for an incoming administration.

Many Republican allies of the incumbent president have supported Trump’s legal pursuit to investigate voter fraud but said the results of the election are unlikely to change.