United States President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday dismissed President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede the election as not very consequential to his efforts to begin transition planning and said it did not reflect well on Trump.
“I just think it’s an embarrassment, quite frankly,” Biden said. “How can I say this tactfully? I think it will not help the president’s legacy.”
Biden, the Democratic nominee, racked up 270 Electoral College votes to clinch the presidency on Saturday. Trump has falsely claimed the election was stolen, as his campaign mounts legal challenges in several states, including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia and Nevada.
Biden is preparing for his Jan. 20 inauguration, including assembling an advisory panel to guide his efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. He said he would likely make his first Cabinet announcements by Thanksgiving. Biden on Tuesday spoke to leaders of the United Kingdom, German
“I know from my discussions with foreign leaders thus far that they are hopeful that the United States’ democratic institutions are viewed once again as being strong and endured,” Biden said. “But I think at the end of the day, it’s going to all come to fruition on Jan. 20.”