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Turning the page? Republicans acknowledge Biden's victory


December 16, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) returns to his office following a vote in the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times)

WASHINGTON - More than a month after the election, top Republicans finally acknowledged Joe Biden as the next U.S. president on Tuesday, a collapse in GOP resistance to the millions of voters who decisively chose the Democrat. Foreign leaders joined the parade, too, including Russia's Vladimir Putin.

Speaking from the floor of the U.S. Senate where Biden spent 36 years of his career, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell congratulated his former colleague as president-elect. The two men spoke later in the day.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, meanwhile, was to meet with his likely successor in the new administration, Antony Blinken. And GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, one of President Donald Trump's closest allies, said he'd spoken with some of Biden's Cabinet picks.


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