McConnell finally congratulates Biden, Harris after electoral college tally

Washington: A day after the Electoral College certified Joe Biden’s victory, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged the Democrat’s election victory and referred to him as President-elect.

Noting that while millions wished the elections would have yielded a different result, “our system of government has processes to determine who will be sworn in on January 20. The Electoral College has spoken,”  McConnell said on the Senate floor.

“Today I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden. The President-elect is no stranger to the Senate. He has devoted himself to public service for many years,” he said.

“I also want to congratulate the Vice President-elect, our colleague from California, Senator Harris. Beyond our differences, all Americans can take pride that our nation has a female Vice President-elect for the very first time,” he said.

Interestingly, McConnell’s remarks came after Russian President Vladimir Putin belatedly congratulated Biden, and expressed hope that their two nations “which bear special responsibility for global security and stability, despite their differences can truly contribute to solving many problems and challenges that the world is currently facing”.

McConnell also lavishly praised Donald Trump presidency’s accomplishments, including “economic prosperity”, “foreign policy”, “judicial appointments”, and “bold regulatory changes”, saying that “it would take far more than one speech to catalogue all the major wins the Trump administration has helped deliver for the American people”.

Time magazine has declared Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as Person of the Year, crediting the duo or ‘Changing America’s story”.

Trump, besides many Republican members of the Congress, is yet to concede defeat.

Images courtesy of (Pic courtesy The Independent) and (Pic courtesy Time)

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