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President Donald Trump paid Veterans Day respects Wednesday with the traditional wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery, his first public event in nearly a week.
Trump, who has stayed out of the public eye while contesting Joe Biden’s election, did not make remarks at the annual National Day of Observance. As rain fell, the president placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Neither Trump nor Vice President Mike Pence wore a mask. Arlington National Cemetery said in a Twitter post that “all visitors are to follow social distancing requirements and wear face coverings while on cemetery grounds. Anyone not having a face covering in their possession at cemetery entry points will not be granted access to the cemetery.”
Since Election Day, aside from some weekend rounds of golf, Trump has appeared in public only twice, both angry speeches denouncing the election and pledging legal fights against the process that elected Biden.
Meanwhile, the normally outspoken Trump has spent his time inside the White House talking with aides, watching news reports, and tweeting complaints about the election.
– David Jackson
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said Wednesday the state would conduct a hand recount of presidential election results in every county because of the close margin.
President Donald Trump’s campaign requested a hand recount Tuesday.
Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., who leads the campaign’s recount effort, said Tuesday the recount was necessary because of “widespread allegations of voter irregularities,” though he did not present evidence.
President-elect Joe Biden currently holds on to a roughly 14,000-vote lead in the state, or 0.3%. Under Georgia law, candidates can request a recount if the margin of victory is less than 0.5%.
“We’re doing this because it’s what makes the most sense with the national significance of this race and the closeness of this race,” Raffensperger said after being asked whether the hand recount was being done because of the request from the Trump campaign.
The state expects to complete the recount and certify its results by Nov. 20, he said. Georgia pays for recounts.
Raffensperger applauded the Justice Department and Attorney General Barr’s efforts to probe possible fraud, noting the federal government has additional resources that his office does not. “We want to make sure that the only people that vote are legal voters,” he added.
He encouraged those with knowledge of any election fraud to come forward.
Georgia’s two incumbent Republican senators, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, issued a statement Monday calling on Raffensperger to resign over his handling of the state’s close election, alleging misconduct in his election administration.
Raffensperger said in a statement, although the senators had called for him to be fired, “that is not going to happen. The voters of Georgia hired me, and the voters will be the one to fire me.”
– Nicholas Wu and Christal Hayes
Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan was able to hold off a challenge from Independent Al Gross – a GOP win that leaves only a narrow path for Democrats in taking control of the Senate majority.
The race was thought to be an uphill battle for Democrats, as Trump carried Alaska by nearly 15 points in 2016, but Trump’s handling of the pandemic and Sullivan’s narrow victory in 2014 put his seat on a list of potential pickups for liberals. Trump was also declared the winner of the state.
Democrats need at least two more Senate wins to take the majority. Their last remaining options lie in Georgia, where two seats are up for grabs and will be decided in runoff elections in January – leaving the Senate majority unclear for weeks.
– Christal Hayes
Two Republican governors from traditionally Democratic-leaning states slammed President Donald Trump on Tuesday for delaying the transition to President-elect Joe Biden.
In Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan said there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud as the president and his allies have alleged, and told reporters Trump’s challenges to the election were “really dangerous” during the pandemic and economic recession.
Hogan said he had not “seen anything that would in any way change the outcome of the election.”
“We’ve got to move on,” said Hogan.
Hogan wrote in Ronald Reagan on his presidential ballot in 2020 and put his father, former Rep. Lawrence Hogan, on his ballot in 2016.
And in Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker said Trump’s allegations of voter fraud were “baseless,” and called Trump’s employment of the Department of Justice to investigate voting irregularities “wildly inappropriate.”
“I can’t think of a worse time to stall a transition than amid a deadly pandemic,” he said.
Baker left his presidential ballot blank in 2020, just as he did in 2016.
Republican lawmakers in Congress have mostly supported Trump’s refusal to concede the election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that Trump was “100% within his rights to look into allegations of irregularities and weigh his legal options.”
– Nicholas Wu
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will appear together at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington for a Veterans Day event on Wednesday as the pair refuses to concede the presidential election to Joe Biden.
The two will appear together publicly after President-elect Biden was projected as the winner of the presidential election over the weekend. The president has refused to concede and his allies are challenging election results in key swing states, claiming fraud, despite there being no evidence of widespread wrong.
Biden will meet with transition advisors Wednesday as he continues to chart out his transition ahead of Inauguration Day on Jan. 20. On Tuesday, he said Trump’s unwillingness to concede isn’t slowing down his transition.
“I just think it’s an embarrassment, quite frankly,” Biden said of Trump. “How can I say this tactfully? I think it will not help the president’s legacy.”
– Sean Rossman
The Pennsylvania Secretary of State said Tuesday that around 10,000 ballots arrived after Election Day but by Nov. 6.
This is significant as a lawsuit from the Trump campaign criticizes the three-day extension of the deadline for receiving absentee and mail votes, from Election Day until Nov. 6.
That change, recommended by the secretary of state’s office and upheld by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, is now the subject of a state GOP request for an emergency injunction by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Even if those approximately 10,000 ballots were all rejected, Biden would still win Pennsylvania. He is currently leading in the state by more than 47,000 votes.
– Savannah Behrmann
Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said Tuesday his GOP colleagues are privately asking him to congratulate Biden on winning the election, because they can’t publicly do so.
Coons told CNN it’s “past time for Republican leaders to stand up and say, ‘We should accept the results of this election.’ “
“They call me to say, you know, ‘Congratulations, please convey my well wishes to the President-elect, but I can’t say that publicly yet,'” Coons said of his Republican colleagues, though he didn’t cite any Republicans by name.
Despite passing the 270 electoral votes needed to become the 46th president of the United States, most GOP senators are refusing to publicly acknowledge Biden as the President-Elect.
– Savannah Behrmann