McConnell, Pelosi Dispute Trump, Vow Peaceful Power Transfer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are pushing back after President Donald Trump declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election. McConnell vowed an “orderly transition” as has been done since the nation’s founding. Pelosi said she trusts voters.

On Thursday, the White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the president will accept the results of a “free and fair election.” She insisted, as Trump does, that there is a potential for many fraudulent ballots. Still, the response from Capitol Hill was unequivocal, that lawmakers expect a peaceful transition, if Trump loses.