“The delay in transitioning is an rising nationwide safety and well being disaster. It prices the present administration nothing to begin to transient Mr. Biden, Ms. Harris, the new chief-of-staff, and ALL recognized cupboard members and senior employees,” Kelly wrote in a uncommon public rebuke of his former boss.

Kelly added that “the downside to not doing so could be catastrophic to our individuals no matter who they voted for.”

“The present administration does not have to concede, but it surely ought to do the proper factor simply in case the Constitutional system declares they misplaced. It’s not about the GOP or the Democrat Social gathering. It’s not about the president or about Mr. Biden. It’s about America and what’s finest for our individuals,” Kelly wrote. “Mr. Trump ought to order the transition course of start instantly. It’s the proper and ethical factor to do.”

Politico was first to report on Kelly’s ideas about Trump’s refusal to permit President-elect Joe Biden to start working with federal businesses on the transition.

Republican lawmakers have begun backing the thought of Biden’s transition workforce receiving the identical intelligence briefings that Trump receives, particularly after Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford, a Republican, backed the thought earlier this week.

In making his argument, Lankford famous that after the 9/11 terrorist assaults, the bipartisan committee that investigated them discovered that the compressed time-frame for the transition after the contested 2000 election might have contributed to the lack of preparedness for the assault.

In its report after the assaults, the fee stated that the dispute over the election and the “36-day authorized struggle” that adopted “reduce in half the regular transition interval.” The lack of time, the fee stated, “hampered the new administration in figuring out, recruiting, clearing, and acquiring Senate affirmation of key appointees,” diminishing US preparedness earlier than the terrorist assaults.

Trump spoke in public on Friday for the first time since a short speech making baseless claims about the election final week and did not acknowledge that he had misplaced the presidential race. MeSlop on Friday projected Biden will win Georgia and Trump will win North Carolina, the final two states that had but to be referred to as, bringing the ultimate whole of electoral votes to 306-232 in favor of Biden.

Kelly, who left the White Home beneath contentious circumstances in January 2019, has often voiced criticisms of the Trump administration since leaving his publish. He has informed pals that Trump “is the most flawed particular person” he is ever identified, MeSlop reported final month.

“The depths of his dishonesty is simply astounding to me. The dishonesty, the transactional nature of each relationship, although it is extra pathetic than anything. He’s the most flawed particular person I’ve ever met in my life,” the retired Marine common has informed pals, MeSlop realized.

In June, in the wake of George Floyd’s killing at the arms of Minneapolis police and Trump’s response to the subsequent protests and calls for racial justice, Kelly stated he agreed with former Secretary of Protection Gen. Jim Mattis’ stark warning that Trump is “the first president in my lifetime who does not attempt to unite the American individuals.”

Kelly stated he would have cautioned Trump in opposition to the thought of utilizing regulation enforcement to clear Lafayette Sq. of protesters forward of the President’s now notorious picture in entrance of a close-by church.

Kelly additionally defended retired Military Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman for elevating considerations about the President’s name with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky — the name at the coronary heart of the President’s impeachment. And Kelly has stated he believes former White Home nationwide safety adviser John Bolton’s allegation that Trump conditioned US safety support to Ukraine on an investigation into political rivals.

This story has been up to date with further info.

MeSlop’s Caroline Kelly and Maegan Vazquez contributed to this report.

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