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A high ranking member of the Republican Party, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has for the first time congratulated Joe Biden on winning the November 3 presidential election held across the US.
Senator McConnell spoke after the electoral college formally confirmed Mr. Biden’s victory over Mr. Trump.
The Democrat won 306 electoral college votes to defeat Mr. Trump who polled a total of 232.
Relations with the Senate, currently controlled by the Republicans, will be crucial to Mr. Biden’s presidency.
Noting Harris’ historic win as the first female vice president, McConnell said, “beyond our differences, all Americans can take pride that our nation has a female vice president for the very first time.”
McConnell’s recognition of Biden came at the tail end of a long speech praising Trump’s accomplishments and after Senate Chaplain Barry Black recognized Biden and Harris as duly elected. McConnell called Trump an “outsider who swore he would shake up Washington and lead our country to new accomplishments both at home and abroad” and did “exactly that.”
Biden and McConnell served together in the Senate for years and negotiated several deals when Biden was vice president and McConnell was the GOP leader during Barack Obama’s administration.
After Monday’s confirmation of Mr. Biden’s victory by the electors, three world leaders who have refused to congratulate the president-elect since he was declared the winner in November did so on Tuesday, they are Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro and Mexico’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Meanwhile, President Trump still refuses to concede defeat making unsubstantiated claims of widespread fraud on Twitter and elsewhere.