Republicans started acknowledging Biden’s victory

Republicans acknowledge Biden’s victory
President-elect Joe Biden speaks at a drive-in rally for Georgia Democratic candidates for US Senate Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. Source: AP Photo
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Daily US Times: Top Republicans finally acknowledged Joe Biden’s victory and called him as the next US president on Tuesday, more than a month after the election, a collapse in Republican Party resistance to the millions of voters who decisively vote for the Democrat. Foreign leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin joined the parade too.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell congratulated his former colleague Joe Biden as president-elect. The two men spoke later in the day. Mr McConnell congratulated Mr Biden while speaking from the floor of the US Senate, where Biden spent 36 years of his career.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was to meet with his likely successor in the new administration, Antony Blinken. And top Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, one of President Trump’s closest allies, said he’d spoken with some of Biden’s Cabinet picks.

A similar shift unfolded in capitals across the world, where leaders including Mexico’s Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Russia’s Putin acknowledged Biden’s victory.

The moves come a day after electors across the country formally cast votes affirming Joe Biden’s victory in last month’s presidential election. And while that clears a more stable path for the Democrat to assume the presidency, it does little to stop Donald Trump from continuing to try to undermine confidence in the results with baseless allegations that have been rejected by judges across political spectrum.

As Republican leaders began discussing a Biden presidency more openly on Tuesday, President Trump still pledged to press forward with almost nonexistent legal options.

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