President-elect Joe Biden says his plans for a smooth transition to power are not being impacted by Donald Trump and his administration’s refusal to concede the election.
While the election has yet to be officially certified, it is projected by state election officials that Democrat Joe Biden won the popular vote by 4.3 per cent, securing 81.8 million votes to President Trump’s 74.9 million, with a turnout of around 160 million.
Mr Biden won back the blue wall – Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – which Hillary Clinton lost in 2016.
He is also likely to win the conservative states of Arizona and Georgia, which could tip him over the 300 electoral college votes, far surpassing the 270 minimum needed to win the presidency.
However, the Trump campaign has launched a slew of lawsuits alleging mail-in voter fraud, and President Trump declaring he is the rightful winner of the election.
“We are already beginning the transition, we’re well underway,” Mr Biden said.
“And nothing, nothing’s going to stop that. And, and so I’m confident that the fact that they’re not willing to acknowledge we won at this point is not of much consequence in our planning and what we’re able to do between now and January 20th.
“Well, I just think it’s an embarrassment, quite frankly. The only thing that…how can I say this tactfully? I think it will not help the president’s legacy.”