US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Senate leader McConnell acknowledges Biden as US President-elect

*Biden informs McConnell ‘we’ve always been straight with one another and we agreed to get together sooner than later, and I’m looking forward to working with him’

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

It is a values-based leadership crisis at the moment in the most powerful economy in the world.

Even as outgoing United States President Donald Trump has continued to ride high horse by refusing to concede election after Electoral College validation of his rival’s victory, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has recognised and congratulated Joe Biden as the winner of the US election, a step considered a pivotal moment that further cements Trump’s defeat.

McConnell said on the Senate floor Tuesday, December 15 that “the Electoral College has spoken. So, today I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden.”

The Senate Majority Leader as well discouraged his Republican colleagues during a conference call from joining any move to object to the Electoral College outcome when Congress convenes January 6 to formally count the results.

Prior to Tuesday’s volte-face, McConnell was reported to have declined to acknowledge and congratulate Biden’s win.

He stated the President was entitled to pursue his claims in court, even as Trump-backed cases were dismissed by numerous judges in the developed economy.

President Trump

The Supreme Court recently dismissed an effort to toss out election results in states won by Biden.

Meanwhile, Biden told reporters he called McConnell Tuesday to “thank him for the congratulations” and told him there are issues where they can work together.

The President-elect said: “We’ve always been straight with one another and we agreed to get together sooner than later and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Yet, even as McConnell and other Republicans are acknowledging the election results, Trump still refuses to concede.

He continued to tweet unfounded claims of voter fraud in the November 3 presidential election after McConnell spoke, amid the spikes in COVID-19 cases and resulting deaths in his country, report stated.

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