WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo failed to acknowledge President-elect Joe Biden's victory on Tuesday when asked if he would work with the Biden administration's transition team.
"There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration," Pompeo said during a State Department press conference.
The State Department did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for clarification on Pompeo's comment.
"We will all count the votes," added the nation's top diplomat, saying, "The world should all have confidence that the transition is necessary to ensure that the State Department is functional today, successful today, and successful if the President it is. " in office on January 20th. "
Pompeo's comments come as the Trump campaign calls into question the integrity of last week's elections with a series of legal actions in various battlefield states. Trump did not allow the election to Democrat Joe Biden, who on Saturday received more than the 270 votes required to win the presidency.
"We have to count every legal vote," said Pompeo, adding, "We will get it right, we are in good shape."
Other senior officials in the Trump administration, such as Vice President Mike Pence, have publicly insisted that the election is not over.
On Monday, Attorney General William Barr urged prosecutors to deal with "substantial" allegations of irregularities and potentially widespread electoral fraud. The Trump campaign has not yet produced any evidence.
Over the weekend, leaders from around the world congratulated Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.