Joe Biden said US President Donald Trump’s refusal to admit defeat in the presidential election was “a shame.”
Biden, who won the presidential race, emphasized that nothing was stopping the transfer of power.
Meanwhile, Trump tweeted claiming that he would eventually win the race, although all major television networks expected him to lose.
As happens in the US presidential election every 4 years, the media announced the expected winner of the race.
The results of each state have not yet been approved, and the counting of votes continues in some states, and the results will not be approved until after the electoral college meeting on December 14th.
What did Biden say?
On Tuesday, a reporter asked Biden what he thought of President Trump’s refusal to admit defeat.
“I think it’s quite frankly shameful,” said Biden, a Democrat. “The only thing, how can I say this politely, I think it will not help the president’s legacy.”
“In the end, you know, everything will bear fruit on January 20,” he added, referring to inauguration day.
Biden made phone calls to foreign leaders as he prepared to take over.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his Irish counterpart Michael Martin, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were among those whom Biden spoke to on Tuesday.
Referring to those calls, Biden said, “I am telling them that America is back.”
As he and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris press ahead with preparations for the next phase, it is believed that a government body is somewhat hampering their efforts.
The General Services Department is coordinating the process of providing funding for future administrations. It has so far refused to formally acknowledge Biden as the president-elect.
Yet Biden said: “Frankly, we don’t see anything slowing us down.”
What did Trump and his allies say?
On Tuesday, Trump took to Twitter to release several tweets in capital letters about “widespread irregularities related to the vote count,” stressing: “We will win!”
Twitter added a warning linked to its tweets, saying they were “disputed.”
Trump has repeated allegations that Biden can only win the election through irregularities, but no evidence has yet emerged to support this.