President Trump’s NATO ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison, who also formerly served as a U.S. senator from Texas, on Monday assured that there would be a “smooth” and “seamless” transition to President-elect Joe Biden’s administration.
Hutchison’s vow for a “smooth transition” came during a virtual news conference in Brussels on Monday, according to the Dallas Morning News, amid the sitting president’s ongoing refusal to concede even as his legal battles challenging the legitimacy of the election process have proven fruitless.
The Dallas Morning News reported that Hutchison repeatedly referred to Biden as President-elect and also vouched for him as she pointed to her time serving with him in the Senate for many years.
“President-elect Biden is certainly pro-NATO,” Hutchison said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “I know he is very much a multilateral organization supporter. We like to have allies. He likes to have allies. That is ongoing from this administration to the next administration.”
The NATO ambassador’s remarks came a week after General Services Administration chief Emily Murphy finally informed the President-elect that she is ready to green light his formal transition process.
Hutchison’s outright acknowledgment of Biden as President-elect and vow to aid his formal transition process stands out against many of her Republican counterparts — which include Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) — who’ve yet to acknowledge Biden’s victory.