Transcript for Transition battle heats up as Trump’s refusal to concede blocks Biden
Now we turn to the latest on president trump's refusal to concede defeat delaying the transition to a Biden administration as his campaign challenges the ballot counts with no evidence of widespread fraud as President-Elect Joe Biden forges ahead, Mary Bruce tracking the latest for us. Reporter: As president trump is digging in, President-Elect Joe Biden is trying to project calm and lower the temperature amid all of this uncertainty but there is growing concern that the president's refusal to reckon with reality here could ha serious repercussions. This morning, as president trump continues to defy the outcome of the election unwilling to admit defeat President-Elect Joe Biden is prying to reassure Americans trump won't derail his transition. We don't see anything that's slowing us down. Reporter: Forging ahead even though the president still insists we will win. Trump has been holed up in the white house filing long shot legal challenges but he has yet to provide any evidence of widespread fraud. His administration refusing to take key steps to begin the transfer of power. The nation's top diplomat secretary of state Mike Pompeo perpetuating the false narrative he could still win. Is the Stan't currently preparing to engage with the transition team and at what point does it hamper a smooth transition or pose a national risk to security? There will be a smooth transition to a second trump administration. Reporter: While on the hill Tuesday vice president Mike pence also at odds with reality refusing to comment on come to terms with the election results. Mr. Vice president, is it time to concede? Is there really any evidence of fraud? Reporter: We asked the President-Elect how he's planning to move forward with the transition. How will you move ahead if the president continues to refuse to concede. We'll do exactly what we'd be doing if he had conceded and said we won which we have and so there's nothing really changing. But not ruling out legal No, I don't see a need for legal action, quite frankly. So far, there is no evidence of any of the assertions made by the president or secretary of state Pompeo. Secretary state Pompeo. Reporter: And pressed on his message to Americans worried about trump's refusal to concede. I just think it's an embarrassment, quite frankly. The only thing that -- how can I say this tactfully? I think it will not help the president's legacy. Reporter: Now privately people close to the president tell us that he knows this race is over and yet he is still perpetuating this false narrative and dangerously undermining a peaceful transition of power, George. We should underscore this has never happened before in American history and democracies depend on losers accepting the results of the election. Yet the white house is going forward with these challenges even though they know they can't Reporter: George, they know the math here. They know there is no pathway to win through litigation and so it's hard to say if they really have a clear strategy here except to try to sow doubt in the legitimacy of a Biden pres. The question thenomes really how far is the president willing to go to undermine our electoral system and does it do lasting damage beyond just a B presidency. Which was the Russians' goal in interfering in the election. Thanks very much.
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