“I take it seriously. I don’t think he’ll be successful in denying reality,” Mr. Obama, who just released a new book, told NPR in an interview released Monday.
The former president, who campaigned hard for presumptive President-elect Joseph R. Biden, pointed out that some Republicans are saying that Mr. Biden will be the next president and that there should be an orderly transition.
“I’m distressed that you haven’t seen more Republican leadership make this clear because the amount of time that’s being lost in this transition process has real-world effects,” Mr. Obama said. “Look, we’re in the middle of a pandemic. We’re in the middle of an economic crisis. We have serious national security issues.”
Multiple media outlets called the race for Mr. Biden on Nov. 7, several days after