Biden campaign says Georgia recount reveals no irregularities

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Biden Campaign Says Georgia Recount Reveals No Irregularities
Joe Biden has been focusing on tackle Covid-19, setting meetings with the pharmaceutical companies developing vaccines.
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Georgia's presidential election recount has shifted vote totals “almost imperceptibly” according to Joe Biden's campaign.

The US President-elect has been projected to win the battleground state with the recount offering no evidence of widespread irregularities his campaign said today.

Earlier today, President Donald Trump appeared to acknowledge losing the US election but then backtracked and said he concedes "nothing".

Mr Trump's conflicting statements came on Twitter, where he initially appeared to admit for the first time publicly that Mr Biden won, before he reversed course, repeating unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud.

"He won because the Election was Rigged," Trump wrote, not referring to Biden by name, adding a list of complaints about vote counting. About 90 minutes later, Trump wrote, "He only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA. I concede NOTHING! We have a long way to go. This was a RIGGED ELECTION!"

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"WE WILL WIN!" he added.

Mr Biden has instead turned his focus to tackling the coronavirus pandemic, setting meetings with the pharmaceutical companies developing vaccines.

Donald Trump's Twitter feed doesn't make Joe Biden president or not president. The American people did that.

Ron Klain, Mr Biden's pick for White House chief of staff, urged Trump's administration to allow a seamless transition, calling it vital for national security and combating Covid-19.

The pandemic will be a paramount concern for Mr Biden, who takes office on January 20th.

Mr Klain said Mr Biden's scientific advisors will meet with Pfizer Inc and other drugmakers starting this week to prepare for the "giant logistical project" of widespread vaccination.

Speaking on NBC's 'Meet the Press' programme, Mr Klain said: "Donald Trump's Twitter feed doesn't make Joe Biden president or not president. The American people did that."

The decision by the General Services Administration, headed by a Trump appointee, not to recognise Mr Biden as president-elect has prevented Mr Biden and his team from gaining access to government office space and funding normally afforded to an incoming administration to ensure a smooth transition.

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Mr Klain called on the agency to formally recognise Biden, saying it is critical to ensure the president-elect receives intelligence briefings before taking office and to facilitate coordination with the White House coronavirus task force.

"Joe Biden is going to become president of the US in the midst of an ongoing crisis. That has to be a seamless transition," Mr Klain said.

He also urged Congress to pass bipartisan coronavirus relief legislation by the end of the year, talks of which had stalled before the election.

Democratic congressional leaders last week called upon Republican lawmakers to join them in passing a relief measure.

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