Washington: After a long silence, a top member of US President Donald Trump’s Republican Party, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has congratulated Joe Biden on winning the presidential election.
The Democrat won 306 electoral college votes to Trump’s 232.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has become the highest-ranking Republican to congratulate Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential election victory.
McConnell joined several fellow Republican legislators in acknowledging Biden as president-elect after the Electoral College affirmed Biden’s victory on Monday.
“Yesterday, electors met in all 50 states, so, as of this morning, our country has officially a president-elect and a vice president-elect,” McConnell said.
Many of us hoped that the presidential election would yield a different result, but our system of government has processes to determine who will be sworn in on January 20. The Electoral College has spoken,” he continued.
“So, today I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden,” McConnell said. He also congratulated Vice president-elect Kamala Harris, who serves as a Democratic senator from California. “Beyond our differences, all Americans can take pride that our nation has a female vice president-elect for the very first time,” McConnell added.
After Monday’s confirmation of Biden’s victory, three world leaders whose refusal to congratulate the president-elect had been commented widely, did so on Tuesday: Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro and Mexico’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador.