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GOP congressman says colleagues are 'waiting' on Trump to accept election results before recognizing Biden

November 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger on Wednesday said he believes his Republican colleagues are "waiting" until President Donald Trump "comes to terms" with the fact that he lost the presidential election before they openly recognize Joe Biden as the next president.

Washington (CNN)Rep. Adam Kinzinger on Wednesday said he believes his Republican colleagues are "waiting" until President Donald Trump "comes to terms" with the fact that he lost the presidential election before they openly recognize Joe Biden as the next president.

Murphy that would officially begin the transition process, the Illinois Republican said, "I think it's just a matter of a lot of people waiting out until, you know, the President comes to terms with this. "

"But we have a tradition in this country of looking at the results, congratulating the President-elect, starting the transition process and going forward . . .

Only a handful of national Republicans have openly acknowledged Biden as President-elect, while others have done so in private and are doubting Trump's legal efforts.

In the meantime, however, the refusal of many Republicans to acknowledge Biden as the next president offers tacit support to Trump's false statements about the election's outcome, and the administration's refusal to coordinate with Biden's campaign on matters of national security and the response to the coronavirus pandemic could jeopardize the nation's safety.

He also said it should be Biden's decision on the future of Afghanistan and he thinks Trump is trying to "force his hand. "

But also, may be an attempt to hobble the next administration because now President-elect Biden is going to have to make a decision to either keep it at that risky level or go back and add troops, which is a whole new story. "

"His job is to make sure that they are defending the elections and, of course, that is counter to what the President is trying to say, so I think that all feeds into why he's out there. "

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