Mitt Romney, the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nominee, said that it is time for President Joe Biden and his vice president, Kamala Harris, to “transition” out of office, citing their own words against them.
During the Obama-Biden administration, top officials called for presidential transitions to “smoothly and swiftly” move power between administrations.
“Biden and Harris have repeatedly cited the importance of a ‘smooth and swift transition’ — words that they themselves used on the campaign trail,” Romney said in a statement. “Now, at long last, it is time for them to transition out of power and allow the next administration to take the reins.”
Romney’s sharp rhetoric comes as the White House continues to face bipartisan criticism over its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. Biden often touted a transition free from chaos and political interference, but there is growing concern that the current administration has not been open and transparent with the incoming administration.
Romney acknowledged that the incoming Biden administration “faced a stiff wind” in terms of inheriting a massive pandemic response plan and an unpredictable future.
“The transition was really the best time and opportunity to chart a way forward,” Romney said. “It’s now time for the Biden Administration to step aside and allow a new administration to begin the work.”