Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell congratulated Democrat Joe Biden on Tuesday, named him President-elect and said the electoral college had “spoken”.
The Republican leader’s statement, delivered in a speech in the Senate, ended weeks of silence over President Donald Trump’s defeat. It comes after voters met on Monday and confirmed Biden’s election victory.
“As of this morning, our country officially has an elected president and an elected vice president,” McConnell said.
“Many millions of us had hoped that the presidential election would lead to a different outcome,” said McConnell. “But our system of government has the processes to determine who will be sworn in on January 20th. The electoral college has spoken.”
Regarding Biden, McConnell said the Democrat was “no stranger to the Senate” and “has been a civil servant for many years.” Biden and McConnell overlapped in the Senate for 24 years, until Biden served as Vice President under Barack Obama.
McConnell also recognized the historic achievement of Biden’s runner-up, Kamala Harris, who served as a Senator for California.
“Aside from our differences, all Americans can be proud that our nation has a vice president elected for the first time,” said the Kentucky Republican.
McConnell praised Trump’s four-year tenure and said Trump and Vice President Mike Pence “deserved our thanks”. The chairman of the Senate cited Trump’s nomination and the subsequent confirmation of three Supreme Court judges by the Senate.
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McConnell had said last month after Biden crossed the 270 electoral college vote that Trump could pursue any legal challenges related to the election. These challenges have been overwhelmingly rejected by the courts, which have cited a lack of evidence or a lack of reputation.
Mo Brooks, a Conservative Republican Congressman, vowed to contest the election result when Congress officially reviewed the January 6 vote, though it is far from certain that both houses would oppose his efforts. Democrats control the house, while several moderate Republicans in the Senate have already publicly accepted Biden’s victory.
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Senate Democratic Chairman Chuck Schumer had a message for all Republican raids, as well as Trump.
“Leader McConnell’s Republican senators should follow suit. They should acknowledge that Joe Biden will be the next president and Kamala Harris the next vice president,” said Schumer. “And in the country’s best interests, President Trump should orientate himself towards Leader McConnell that it is time to end his term with a minimum of grace and dignity, traits his predecessors have tried very hard to display during our great tradition of peace power transmission .
“Enough is enough.”
Putin, Obrador congratulates Biden
Recognition by the most powerful Republican in Congress came after Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Biden on winning the US presidential election.
The Kremlin had previously said that Russian President Biden would not congratulate Biden until the winner was officially confirmed. “We are just waiting for the internal political confrontation to end,” Putin said last month, citing numerous Republican voting challenges.
The Kremlin had previously said that Russian President Vladimir Putin would hold back to congratulate US President-elect Joe Biden until the 2020 election winner was officially confirmed. (Aleksey Nikolskyi / Sputnik / Kremlin / Reuters)
In his message on Tuesday, Putin wished Biden “every success”, according to a statement by the Kremlin on Tuesday, and expressed his confidence that “Russia and the US, who have a special responsibility for global security and stability, really do, despite the differences Many problems and challenges that the world is currently facing can help solve it. “
The Russian President stated that “Russian-American cooperation based on the principles of equality and mutual respect would serve the interests of the people in both countries and the entire international community”.
“For my part, I am ready for interaction and contact with you,” Putin was quoted as saying by the Kremlin.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador congratulated Biden in a formal letter on Tuesday. Obrador was also waiting for the electoral college to review.