Joe Biden took questions from reporters for the first time since being declared president-elect. And while he was repeatedly pressed on Donald Trump’s refusal to acknowledge Biden’s win, he didn’t seem the least bit worried. Instead, he said it’s full steam ahead.
"We are already beginning the transition," Pres.-elect Joe Biden says as Pres. Trump refuses to concede. "Nothing's going to stop that."
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) November 10, 2020
And when asked about Trump’s refusal to concede, Biden said:
“It’s an embarrassment, quite frankly. The only thing that, uh— how can I say this tactfully? I think it will not help the president’s legacy.”
Q: "What do you say to the Americans that are anxious over the fact that President Trump has yet to concede…?
President-elect Biden: "I just think it's an embarrassment, quite frankly…it will not help the president's legacy."
— CSPAN (@cspan) November 10, 2020
Biden also reacted to the refusal by most prominent members of the GOP party to recognize that he is going to be president, saying “they will” eventually acknowledge it.
“I hope to get a chance to speak to Mitch.”⁰
Biden says he hasn’t yet had a chance to speak with Senate Leader McConnell pic.twitter.com/jiY01fopoW
— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) November 10, 2020
Watch Biden’s full news conference above.