Posted November 11, 2020 1:28 am by

Biden brands Trump’s refusal to concede an ’embarrassment’

US President-elect Joe Biden says President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede is embarrassing © AFP / Angela Weiss

Wilmington, United States, Nov 10 – President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday called President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede his election loss an “embarrassment” but dismissed the standoff as unimportant.

“I just think it’s an embarrassment, quite frankly,” Biden said when asked what he thinks about Trump’s refusal to acknowledge defeat in the November 3 election.

“How can I say this tactfully? I think it will not help the president’s legacy,” Biden told reporters in his home town of Wilmington, Delaware.

A week after the US election, Trump remained shut up in the White House, pushing an alternate reality that he is about to win and filing lawsuits alleging voter fraud that so far have been backed up by only the flimsiest evidence.

Biden, meanwhile, mostly ignored Trump.

“The fact that they’re not willing to acknowledge we won at this point is not of much consequence in our planning,” Biden said.

The Democrat signaled that despite attempts by Trump to stymie his transition to power he was increasingly a president in waiting.

Biden brands Trump’s refusal to concede an ’embarrassment’

US President-elect Joe Biden is increasingly acting like a leader in waiting © AFP / ANGELA WEISS

In his latest exchanges with international leaders, he talked Tuesday with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ireland’s prime minister, Micheal Martin.

Asked what his message to them was, he said: “I’m letting them know that America is back. We’re going to be back in the game. It’s not America alone.”

– Intransigence –

Trump’s attempt to hold on to power has become all consuming for the man who often makes a point of publicly mocking rivals as “losers.”

Biden brands Trump’s refusal to concede an ’embarrassment’

President Donald Trump spent the weekend playing golf © AFP / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS

“WE WILL WIN!” the Republican president tweeted early Tuesday, referring to his so far unsuccessful lawsuits. “WATCH FOR MASSIVE BALLOT COUNTING ABUSE.”

Emphasizing the atmosphere of intransigence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a testy news conference that he was preparing for “a smooth transition to a second Trump administration.”

Since Election Day, Trump has made few public appearances and seems to have all but shelved normal presidential duties.

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