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McConnell: "We're going to have an orderly transfer from this administration to the next one"

November 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., arrives to talk to reporters after a Republican Conference luncheon, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

When asked why the General Services Administration administrator has not issued a letter of "ascertainment" that would determine the likely winner of the race and formally begin the transition process, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the next president would be inaugurated on time.

In response to CNN's question, McConnell said that he has “emphasized” that “one of the beauties of the American election system is we have 50 separate ways to conduct them. ”

President-elect Joe Biden is receiving a national security briefing in Wilmington, Delaware, with a team of diplomatic, intelligence, and defense experts, a transition official said.

“They’ll discuss readiness at the relevant agencies as the President-elect prepares to lead on day one,” the official said.

The briefing comes as Biden has yet to receive classified intelligence briefings as President Trump has refused to concede the race and blocked his administration from taking any of the administrative steps typically taken in a transfer of power, including allowing the General Services Administration to declare that there is a president-elect — a move that triggers the transition process.

Speaking Monday to reporters in Wilmington, Biden pointed to the fact that Vice president-elect Kamala Harris continues to receive intelligence briefings in her role on the Senate Intelligence committee.

Senate Republicans mostly avoided directly calling for the General Services Administration to ascertain that Joe Biden is the President-elect, which has yet to happen two weeks after Election Day as President Trump continues to deny that he lost.

Sen. Kevin Cramer said he thinks the GSA should facilitate Biden's transition, "because January 20th is going to come on that day whether he's ready or not. " He acknowledged what he called the "likelihood" that Biden will be president, but would not go so far as calling him the President-elect.

CNN spotted Vice President-elect, and current US senator Kamala Harris inside the Capitol Hill complex on Tuesday.

In a statement last Sunday, Netanyahu said he had a warm personal connection with Biden, but made no reference to him as the President-elect and made no mention of any elections at all.

“As a long-standing friend of the State of Israel, you know that our friendship is based on values that are beyond partisan politics and that we have no doubt that, under your leadership, the United States is committed to Israel’s security and success,” Rivlin said to a Biden, according to a readout provided by the President’s office.

Election officials from 29 counties across Georgia told CNN that they already completed their audits and found no discrepancies with the results – further discrediting President Trump’s lies about widespread fraud in the state.

The updated results will give Trump a net pickup of 778 votes, slightly narrowing President-elect Joe Biden’s statewide lead, which is more than 13,000 votes.

Remember: Trump has launched a series of legal challenges to the election results and has not yet conceded to President-elect Joe Biden.

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