John Kelly, President Trump’s former chief of staff, raised concerns Friday about the White House delaying the transition process following his projected defeat to Democratic rival Joseph R. Biden.
Mr. Kelly, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general who also briefly served as Mr. Trump’s secretary of homeland security, criticized the administration for preventing Mr. Biden from preparing for office.
In an interview and subsequent public statement, the former Trump administration official said the president does not have to concede to Mr. Biden but should let the transition unfold in any event.
“You lose a lot if the transition is delayed because the new people are not allowed to get their head in the game,” Mr. Kelly told Politico, the website reported Friday afternoon.
Mr. Kelly added that “it’s crazy” not to start the transition process and that every day wasted “handicaps” the incoming administration, Politico reported.
“I know that he’ll never accept defeat and, in fact, he doesn’t have