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President-elect Biden reacted Tuesday to Donald Trump’s continued refusal to concede the election and allow the incoming Biden administration the chance for a fuller transition.
Biden reacted in an answer to a reporter’s question during a briefing he and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris held Tuesday at their temporary headquarters in Biden’s hometown of Wilmington Del.
Trump continues to dispute the outcome of the presidential election, alleging fraud despite offering no evidence or basis for those claims.
“Well, I just think it’s an embarrassment, quite frankly. The only thing that — how can I say this tactfully? I think it will not help the president’s legacy,” Biden said. “I know from my discussions with foreign leaders thus far that they are hopeful that the United States democratic institutions are viewed once again as being strong.
“But I think at the end of the day, it’s all going to come to fruition on January 20. And between now and then, my hope and expectation is that the American people do know and do understand that there has been a transition,” Biden added. “Even among Republicans who are people who voted for the president, I understand the sense of loss. I get that. But I think the majority of the people who voted for the president, a lot voted for him —significantly smaller number, but a lot voted for him — I think they understand that we have to come together. I think they are ready to unite and I believe we can pull the country out of this bitter politics that we’ve seen for the last five, six, seven years.”
The Biden team’s transition thus far has been hampered by the refusal of the chief of the General Services Administration to recognize Biden as president-elect.
The reporter followed up asking, “And just to follow up on the previous question, how do you expect to work with Republicans if they won’t even acknowledge you as president-elect?”
Biden replied, “They will. They will.”
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