The head of the Republican-leaning U.S. Chamber of Commerce is urging President Trump to move on with the transition to President-elect Joe Biden’s administration.
The chamber, which typically has favored Republican candidates who support lower taxes and fewer regulations, joins a chorus of business groups imploring Trump to stop delaying the transition to the next president while he challenges the vote counts in multiple states.
“President-elect Biden and the team around him have a wealth of executive branch experience that should allow them to hit the ground running,” chamber CEO Tom Donohue said in a statement provided to Axios. “While the Trump administration can continue litigating to confirm election outcomes, for the sake of American safety and well-being, it should not delay the transition a moment longer.”
The nation’s leading business group declined to comment but acknowledged the Axios story is accurate.
The chamber did not endorse Trump or Biden for president, as per its custom, but has criticized Trump for slapping tariffs on imports from China and Mexico and launching global trade wars. The chamber endorsed nearly two dozen House Democrats for reelection this year, along with nearly 30 House Republican freshmen.
On Tuesday, a similar plea for Trump to smooth Biden’s path to the presidency was voiced by Jay Timmons, CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers and the heads of Dow Chemical, Trane Technologies and other companies.
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“The next two months are critical to our nation’s ability to successfully deal with twin crises: controlling the spread of Covid 19 and rebuilding the US economy,” they said in a statement. “While we understand and respect the court challenges that are part of our democratic process, it’s imperative that our nation has a president and advisors who are fully prepared to lead our nation on Inauguration Day given the magnitude of the challenges ahead and the threats to our economic and national security, and most importantly, to the public health.”