Speaking to the Global Security Forum, O'Brien said that while he hoped Trump would turn out to have won a second four-year term, he would work with a new administration headed by Biden and his vice presidential running mate, Kamala Harris.
"If there is a new administration, look, they deserve some time to come in and implement their policies," O'Brien said. "If the Biden-Harris ticket is determined to be the winner, and obviously things look like that now, we’ll have a very professional transition from the National Security Council, there's no question about it."
The Republican Trump has insisted the Nov. 3 election was "rigged" and that he will be declared the winner after a series of legal challenges in several states.
Trump has so far failed to produce evidence that could overturn Biden's 306-232 victory over Trump in the state-by-state Electoral College vote. States face a Dec. 8 “safe harbor” deadline to certify their elections and choose electors who will officially select the new president on Dec. 14.
- The question is, do you think, if things continue as they look and Joe Biden and Kamala Harris come in and their national security team comes in, are you preparing a healthy transition with them? Are you thinking about that?
ROBERT O'BRIEN: If there is a new administration, look, they deserve some time to come in and implement their policies. We may have policy disagreements. But look, if the Biden-Harris ticket is determined to be the winner-- and it's-- you know, obviously, things look that way now-- we'll have a very professional transition from the National Security Council. There's no question about it. They're going to have very professional folks who are coming in to take these positions, many of whom have been here before and spent a lot of time in the White House and prior administrations.
And the great thing is it's the United States of America. We've passed the baton and had peaceful, successful transitions even in the most contentious periods, even-- you know, I'm old enough to remember Bush v Gore. And the transition there didn't start until mid-December. And yet, it got done. And if we're in a situation where we're not going to a Trump second term, which I think people here, where I'm sitting in the White House, would like to see, if it's another outcome, it'll be a professional transition. There's no question about it.