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US in risky phase as questions hang over transfer of power

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a media briefing in Washington on Tuesday. He could be joking when he said the administration was ready for a transition - to a second Trump administration - but few are amused over the prolonged post-election imp
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a media briefing in Washington on Tuesday. He could be joking when he said the administration was ready for a transition - to a second Trump administration - but few are amused over the prolonged post-election impasse.PHOTO: REUTERS

The United States is in a risky phase, with President Donald Trump insisting that he has been cheated of an election win.

In the short term, the transfer of power from Mr Trump to President-elect Joe Biden is looking far from smooth. The vote count shows clearly that Mr Biden won the election, and, on Tuesday, he called Mr Trump's refusal to concede an "embarrassment".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 12, 2020, with the headline 'US in risky phase as questions hang over transfer of power'. Subscribe