“This is not a coup,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday morning.
“This isn’t a coup.
We’re going to put it together and it’s going to be done.
And I’m not going to tell you what’s going on, because you’re going have a coup happening.
But we’re going in a very peaceful way.”
“I think the president has tremendous confidence in us,” he added.
“We’re going for a very, very peaceful transition.
And we’re working with the people of this country to do that.”
He was speaking at a briefing with members of the Cabinet, which is set to begin later Monday.
The White House is expected to announce the details of the transition later Monday evening.
Trump, who will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, will also meet with the leaders of Taiwan and South Korea to discuss the upcoming inauguration.
The two nations, which have been at odds with the United State over a series of human rights issues, will be in regular contact to facilitate the transition.
In a separate announcement Monday morning, Trump and the vice president met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and other officials in Beijing.
The meeting was aimed at smoothing the path for a full-blown military alliance between the United Kingdom and China, which Trump has called a “free trade agreement.”
Trump and Xi will meet again on Tuesday to discuss how to handle North Korea, where the United Nations has accused the communist country of testing ballistic missiles in defiance of a UN Security Council resolution and a U.S. missile defense shield.
The Trump administration has previously suggested it would not immediately recognize North Korea’s missile tests.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Monday issued a statement calling Trump’s comments about North Korea “highly inappropriate” and warning that “all options are on the table.”