“We have some 40 coalition members that also have troops there. For us to pull our troops out obviously puts our remaining troops in some danger, as well as their troops. And they wonder, ‘how do we deal in a coalition with the United States leading it if there is a decision taken on a precipitous basis with which we may or may not have been familiar that puts our troops in jeopardy?'” he said.
The comments from Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee and a frequent critic of the President, come as Trump continues to hold up the presidential transition process as he makes baseless claims of voter fraud and launches long-shot legal challenges to the election in several states, even though they have little chance of overturning results.
President-elect Joe Biden himself criticized the Trump administration on Wednesday for not officially declaring him the winner, and warned that vaccine distribution could lag as a result of his transition team not being able to work with the administration.
“You want to know the status of issues of things around the world, like the state of play of negotiations, of discussions on free trade agreements, potential flashpoints going on, conversations with allies about how to deal with common threats, threats made by adversaries, and mechanisms behind the scenes to counter those threats,” Priess said, adding, “Having a delayed or obstructed transition gets in the way of all of that.”