Trump Refuses to Guarantee Peaceful Handover of Power


United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday refused to promise that he will peacefully transfer power if he loses the November election.


“Well, we’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump responded at a White House press conference when asked if he is committed to the most basic tenet of democratic rule in the United States which is the peaceful handover of power upon a change of president.


In reaction to this, Biden, who holds a steady lead over the Republican incumbent in opinion polls expressed incredulity.


What country are we in?” the former vice president said, when asked about Trump’s comment by reporters.


“Look, he says the most irrational things. I don’t know what to say.”


Republican Senator Mitt Romney, a frequent but rare party critic of Trump, also went further, saying that any hesitation on the core constitution guarantee was “unthinkable and unacceptable.”


“Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus,” he tweeted.

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