14:49 GMT18 January 2021
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    On Monday, the Electoral College cast 302 electoral votes for Joe Biden, effectively confirming his victory in the 3 November presidential election.

    Senate Majority leader Rep. Mitch McConnell has congratulated Joe Biden on winning the US presidential election.

    "I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden...Many of us had hoped the presidential election would yield a different result...But our system of government has the processes to determine who will be sworn in on Jan. 20. The Electoral College has spoken,'' McConnell said during his speech on the Senate floor, as quoted by AP.

    He also congratulated Vice President-elect Kamala Harris:

    "All Americans can take pride that our nation has a female vice president-elect for the very first time," McConnell said, as quoted by the agency. 

    The Senate Majority leader commented on Donald Trump's four years in office, mentioning his "endless" accomplishments while president of the United States. He added that Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence "deserve our thanks."

    On 14 December, members of the US Electoral College cast their votes, confirming Biden's victory in the 3 November presidential election. Biden won 306 votes against Trump's 232. A candidate must receive 270 electoral votes to become president.

    Trump has repeatedly claimed he won the election, but the victory was stolen from him via massive election and voter fraud and acts of impropriety. His team has initiated recounts in several states as well as filed lawsuits in state and federal courts to seek relief.

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