US President-elect Joe Biden will lay the groundwork for his new administration on Wednesday as President Donald Trump continues a wave of long-term lawsuits challenging election results in an effort to cling to power.
Trump refused to concede, instead laying unsubstantiated electoral fraud charges that gained little ground.
So far, judges have dismissed lawsuits in Michigan and Georgia brought by Trump’s campaign, and legal experts say the litigation is unlikely to change the November 3 election result.
Nearly 80% of Americans, including half of Republicans, say Biden is the rightful winner, according to a Reuters / Ipsos poll released Tuesday.
Trump’s refusal to accept defeat, even as world leaders congratulate Biden and look to their future relationship, ends four tumultuous years in power with the deeply polarized, coronavirus-ravaged and torn-apart United States. racial division.
But Trump supporters, who according to the latest tally gave him more than 72 million votes against Biden’s 77 million, have rejoiced at his combative style and the breaking of standards. Trump has avoided a public concession or the cooperative pledge typically offered by outgoing presidents.
“It’s a shame, quite frankly,” Biden told reporters Tuesday. “How can I say this tactfully? I think it won’t help the president’s legacy.”
Trump’s fellow Republicans largely stuck with him, saying he has the right to challenge the outcome. Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said on Tuesday he would pay up to $ 1 million from his campaign account to people who present evidence of electoral fraud.
But privately, some are saying Trump must produce significant evidence soon or leave the scene.
Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, a state that Trump won last week, said in a statement Tuesday that Biden is leading in enough states to win the election, “and that President Donald Trump’s campaign must produce evidence in support of allegations of electoral fraud “. Portman added that he hoped states and courts would act “quickly” to resolve the matter.
Trump suffered another possible setback on Tuesday when Democrats on the House of Representatives Oversight Committee said a postal worker who claimed to have witnessed ballot tampering in Pennsylvania retracted his claims, according to the internal postal service watchdog.
Prepare to rule
Biden plans to meet with advisers on Wednesday who are helping him prepare to take office on January 20, 2021.
He brought in experts in finance, commerce and banking regulation for his transition team, who range from grassroots Democrats to progressive activists, reflecting the ongoing debate within the party over how to tackle the climate change, wealth inequalities and other issues.
Biden is also exploiting people who developed stricter environmental rules while serving under President Barack Obama.
Biden won the presidency on Saturday after broadcasts concluded he won Pennsylvania and Nevada, giving him 279 electoral college votes, more than the 270 needed to take the White House.
The outcome is still undecided in several states, with Trump leading in North Carolina and Biden in Georgia and Arizona. Recounts are expected in several states, although they are unlikely to change the outcome.
Across the country, Biden leads Trump by 3.2 percentage points or nearly 5 million votes as final tabulations pour in.
To stay in power, Trump would have to win the three undecided states and overturn the results in one or more states already in Biden’s column.
On Wednesday, Trump will lay a commemorative wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery to mark Veterans Day. This will be his first public appearance, other than two golf outings, since an angry White House press conference last Thursday.
The Trump administration is not cooperating with Biden’s team, which has been unable to move into federal government offices or raise funds to hire staff.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo predicted a “second Trump administration” on Tuesday, in comments at odds with congratulatory phone calls from British, French, German and Irish leaders to Biden.
Trump installed loyalists in top Pentagon positions a day after sacking Defense Secretary Mark Esper, which could potentially make it easier to use U.S. troops to respond to nationwide protests.
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