Allies of President Trump appear to be getting more comfortable publicly nodding to President-elect Joe Biden's victory, even as they support Trump's legal windmill-tilting to try and reverse the results. Trump's favorite morning news show, Fox & Friends, joined the chorus Wednesday morning, urging Trump to at least allow the presidential transition process to begin. "It's in the country's best interest if he starts coordinating on the virus and starts coordinating on security with the Biden team," co-host Brian Kilmeade said.
Brian Kilmeade says "it's in the country's best interest if [Trump] starts coordinating" with President-elect Biden on COVID-19 and security: "Just brief them ... so we don't drop the ball in a little while." pic.twitter.com/rJF6NOXnGl
Trump has not conceded the race, and Biden can't start getting top-secret intelligence briefings or interface with federal officials — notably including the teams preparing to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine — until Trump's General Services Administration chief, Emily Murphy, formally approves the transition. Many top Trump administration officials have also refused to acknowledge Biden's victory, but National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien said Monday that "if the Biden-Harris ticket is determined to be the winner — and obviously things look that way now — we'll have a very professional transition from the National Security Council."
It wasn't all harsh reality and tough love on Fox & Friends, though. Kilmeade and his colleagues also disclosed his surprisingly strong aversion to having his name misspelled as "Brain." Peter Weber
Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade's latest advice applies in more places than one.
On Sunday, The New York Times reported former National Security Adviser John Bolton's forthcoming book claimed President Trump wanted to withhold aid from Ukraine until it promised to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. But instead of considering that as a major addition to the impeachment case against Trump, Kilmeade considered it to be proof that Trump "has to do a better job vetting his staff."
In a Monday discussion about the book, Kilmeade brought up the recording reportedly from Rudy Giuliani associate Igor Fruman that seemingly shows Trump telling Fruman and fellow associate Lev Parnas to "take out" former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. "One thing the president should take from this, between the Lev and the Igor tapes that are now out," Kilmeade said, is that Trump has "gotta do a better job vetting his staff."
Brian Kilmeade's takeaway from the Bolton news is that the president "has to do a better job vetting his staff."