President-elect Joe Biden hit out at Donald Trump’s ’embarrassing’ refusal to concede the election – and insisted he will taking over the White House regardless.
Asked about Trump’s behavior on Tuesday, Biden told journalists: ‘I just think its an embarrassment. How can I say this tactfully? I think it will not help the president’s legacy.’
Biden revealed he had yet to speak to Trump, who has bucked the traditional convention of an outgoing president ringing his successor shortly after the election to offer polite congratulations.
Asked what he wanted to say to Trump if he was watching, Biden gave a polite but business-like answer, saying: ‘Mr President, I look forward to speaking with you.’
President-elect Joe Biden also smiled when asked about President Trump’s continued claims he has won the election after making unfounded allegations of voter fraud.
And he laughed when questioned about current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s smirking assertion earlier on Tuesday that a ‘second Trump administration’ would be kicking off next year.
Biden, who held a press conference to discuss affordable healthcare, said Trump’s allegations had not stopped his succession planning.
Biden explained: ‘We are going to be moving along in a consistent manner, putting our administration together in the White House, reviewing who we’re going to pick for our cabinet positions, and nothing is going to stop that.’
The president-elect explained that Trump’s current refusal to concede the election result had not stopped his team from planning their new administration.
Biden said: ‘We are already beginning the transition, we’re well underway.
‘(Trump’s behavior) does not change the dynamic in what we’re able to do.’
President-elect Biden was named winner of the 2020 election on Saturday morning, after he passed the required 270 electoral college votes needed to claim the White House.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is the first woman, and woman of color, to hold the position.
President Trump continues to languish on 214 electoral college votes. He is now claiming his observers were denied the chance to watch votes being counted.
Trump also questioned why thousands of votes for Biden were suddenly added to the tally in Michigan, a state Trump won in 2016, only to lose to Biden again last week.
The president has yet to offer any concrete proof for the allegations he has made, and claims lawsuits his team have filed will ultimately see him named the election winner.
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