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On Day Meant For Unity, Trump And Biden Attend Separate Veterans Day Events

Joe Biden appeared on the Korean War Memorial in Philadelphia for his personal solemn wreath-laying ceremony.

Washington:

US President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden attended separate, simultaneous ceremonies marking Veterans Day Wednesday, as what ought to have been a second of nationwide unity was marred by the Republican’s refusal to acknowledge Biden’s election win.

On a wet, grey day in Washington the president visited Arlington National Cemetery for a somber wreath-laying ceremony shortly earlier than 11:30 am, his first official look for the reason that November three election. He made no public remarks.

At the identical time Biden appeared on the Korean War Memorial in Philadelphia for his personal solemn wreath-laying ceremony.

US media projected 4 days in the past that Biden received the White House.

Since then Trump has not addressed the nation aside from through Twitter and a written assertion launched to mark Veterans Day, and has not conceded to Biden, as is conventional as soon as a winner is projected in a US vote.

With Covid-19 circumstances shattering information throughout the nation and states imposing new restrictions in a push to comprise the virus earlier than winter arrives, Trump appears to have all however shelved regular presidential duties.

Instead, he has remained shut up contained in the presidential mansion, pushing an alternate actuality that he’s about to win and submitting lawsuits alleging voter fraud that to date have been backed up by solely the flimsiest proof.

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Donald Trump visited Arlington National Cemetery for a somber wreath-laying ceremony.

Early Wednesday he was tweeting recent evidence-free claims of election wins and poll tampering, regardless of the consensus from worldwide observers, world leaders, native election officers and US media that the November three vote was free and honest, and that there haven’t any credible allegations of fraud.

Claiming {that a} ballot in Wisconsin on Election Day had resulted in “possibly illegal suppression” he mentioned he was “now preparing to win the state,” which was referred to as for Biden one week in the past.

“Many such ‘deplorable’ instances!” he added on Twitter.

Some Republicans have been including their voices to rising requires the president to concede, with specialists warning his refusal to take action was undermining the democratic course of and holding up the transition to Biden, who takes workplace in January.

Among them was Republican secretary of state for Montana, Corey Stapleton, who heralded the “incredible things” Trump completed in workplace.

“But that time is now over. Tip your hat, bite your lip, and congratulate @JoeBiden,” he tweeted.

– ‘Embarrassment’ –

However, among the strongest figures within the Republican celebration — amongst them Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Senate chief Mitch McConnell — have appeared to again Trump in his bid to undermine Biden’s victory.

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“There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration,” Pompeo mentioned in a generally testy information convention Tuesday, whereas McConnell has mentioned the president was “100 percent within his rights” to problem the election in court docket.

None of the lawsuits seems to have the potential to vary the results of votes and even a deliberate recount of Biden’s paper-thin victory in Georgia, or wherever else, could be unlikely to vary the elemental math.

Trump’s victory in Alaska, which US media referred to as for him on Wednesday placing one other three electoral votes in his column, was not sufficient, both.

“I just think it’s an embarrassment, quite frankly,” Biden mentioned Tuesday, when requested what he thinks concerning the president’s refusal to acknowledge defeat.

But in any other case he has largely ignored Trump, signaling that regardless of makes an attempt by the Republican to stymie his transition to energy he was more and more a president in ready.

Since his projected win was introduced on Saturday, Biden has addressed the nation, arrange a coronavirus process power, spoken with world leaders together with Trump allies, begun vetting potential cupboard members and delivered coverage speeches.

The president’s solely recognized actions outdoors the White House have been to play golf twice over the weekend, after the outcomes got here in.

Normally routine secret presidential intelligence briefings have been off the day by day schedule. He has made no point out of the dramatic rebound within the Covid-19 pandemic throughout the nation.

Trump’s solely important presidential motion has been the abrupt firing of protection secretary Mark Esper on Monday, which he introduced on Twitter.

His failure to concede has no authorized power in itself, however the General Services Administration, the often low-key company that manages the Washington paperwork, has refused to log out on the transition, holding up funding and safety briefings.

Biden’s inauguration is on January 20.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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