Romney Says Trump's Lame Duck Actions May Be Worse than Transition Delay

Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) is more concerned about actions President Donald Trump can take during his lame duck period than he is issues surrounding the transition of presidential power.

Romney, one of the few Republican lawmakers to acknowledge Joe Biden as president-elect, said while the hurdles to the transition may pose some problems down the line what Trump is capable of between now and January concern him more.

"I do believe there will be gaps and that's unfortunate and unnecessary, it means people won't be able to get underway as quickly as they otherwise would have," he told former Obama adviser David Axelrod on his The Axe Files podcast.

However, he said he hoped that some staff such as those linked to the vaccine distribution, and other agencies of government would stay in place to allow some "continuation that will not be significantly impacted."

What his higher concern was to this, Romney said, was Trump's actions in this interim period.

"I must admit that in this intervening period I'm more concerned about the actions the president is taking that relate to, for instance the firing of Chris Krebs," he said, referring to the dismissal of the former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) by Trump for comments he made over the security of the election.

"To fire him in this end of term is really a very dangerous thing."

On other points which concern him, he added: "Not to mention what happens with regards to the Secretary of Defense, decisions with regards to troops in Afghanistan, these kinds of items happening at the very end of the president's term, those give me even more concern than the gaps that might exist as a result of delayed transition.

"The consequences of what's happening during this lame duck period are potentially more severe than the consequences associated with a delayed transition process."

Elsewhere in the podcast he spoke of his concern of Trump breaking norms and not playing by the usual rules his predecessors might have.

Newsweek has contacted Romney and the White House for comment.

Biden has raised concerns over the potential delay to the transition process, suggesting this might lead to the rollout of vaccines being pushed back as one example of an issue which may arise.

Despite Biden being branded victorious by network calls, Trump has insisted that foul play is behind the Democrat's success and refused to accept this point. He has lampooned what he brands the "lamestream media," questioning its authority on making such calls. The president has launched a raft of legal action and has also called for recounts of state results, insisting there has been widespread fraud and irregularities despite not clearly evidencing such allegations.

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Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) asks a question to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as he testifies before a Senate Foreign Relations committee hearing on the State Departments 2021 budget in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. on July 30. Romney has spoken of having concern over President Donald Trump's actions between now and January 20. Greg Nash/Pool/AFP via Getty Images