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<p>Joe Biden reaches out to Trump supporters in victory speech: ‘Lets give each other a chance'</p>

A defiant Donald Trump was pictured leaving the White House as he headed back to his golf course in Virginia, still insisting he had won the US presidential election.  

The president has so far refused to concede the race to president-elect Joe Biden, who, four nail-biting days after the election, finally amassed enough electoral college votes needed to win the White House.  

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney claimed Mr Trump, despite having a “relaxed relationship with the truth”, will eventually “accept the inevitable” that Mr Biden is the president-elect. 

During his victory speech in Wilmington, Delaware, Mr Biden reached out to President Trump’s supporters, urging: “Let’s give each other a chance and stop treating each other like enemies. We are not enemies. We are Americans. This is the time to heal.”

He was pictured beginning his first full day as president-elect the same way he does most Sundays by heading to mass near his home.

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Biden heads to church while Trump goes golfing, still insisting he won election

Mr Biden attended the 10.30 am Mass at St Joseph On the Brandywine Catholic Church in Willimington with his wife and grandchildren.

On the same morning, Mr Trump sent six tweets, all flagged by Twitter, maintaining he won the election, before getting in his second round of golf for the weekend.

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Justin Vallejo8 November 2020 17:57

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Watch: Leslie Knope meet Joe Biden win in ‘Parks and Recreation’

“Don’t let anything happen to him you hear me? He is precious cargo”

Leslie Knope meets ‘hero’ Joe Biden in ‘Parks and Recreation’

Justin Vallejo8 November 2020 17:50

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BREAKING: George Bush congratulates Joe Biden on election win

In his first major public comment on the election, George Bush has weighed in to congratulate the president-elect on winning the election.

“Though we have political differences, I know Joe Biden to be a good man, who has won his opportunity to lead and unify our country,” Mr Bush said in a statement.

While Mr Bush has remained relatively silent during the election, he also congratulated Donald Trump on a “hard-fought” campaign.

“He earned the votes of more than 70 million Americans – an extraordinary political achievement,” Mr Bush said.

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Justin Vallejo8 November 2020 17:40

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Trump staffers searching for ‘voter fraud evidence’ trolled by Biden fans

The president’s voter fraud hotline has been bombarded with prank calls and the operation is turning into a “nightmare”,  according to ABC News.

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Chiara Giordano8 November 2020 17:09

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Canada says Biden win is ‘good news’

Canadian foreign minister Francois-Philippe Champagne has said Joe Biden’s election victory is good news for Canada, adding that he hopes there will be a smooth transition of power.  

“This is good news and we’ll be able to work very well with the administration,” he told broadcaster CTV, saying the two countries could collaborate to fight Covid-19 and climate change.  

“I’d say the American people have spoken at this point in time. We certainly hope for a smooth transition,” he also said in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp (CBC) when asked about Donald Trump’s refusal to concede.  

“We’re going to be following the situation very carefully. But at the same time, we’re planning for the new administration,” he said. 

Chiara Giordano8 November 2020 17:05

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Biden pictured attending church in Delaware

Joe Biden was pictured beginning his first full day as president-elect the same way he does most Sundays by heading to mass near his home at St Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington, Delaware.

US president-elect Joe Biden attends Sunday mass in Wilmington, Delaware

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US president-elect Joe Biden arrives at St Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church in Delaware

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Chiara Giordano8 November 2020 16:21

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First images of Trump leaving White House

The first images of Donald Trump leaving the White House today have emerged.

The president can be seen dressed down in a white polo shirt and jumper with a white Make America Great Again cap as he gets into a car.

Mr Trump later arrived at his Virginia golf club just before 10am for the second day in row, where he was welcomed by several protesters, including one who held a sign that read “Orange Crushed”.

He has yet to concede the race and is continuing to baselessly dispute the results even though there is no evidence of widespread fraud.

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Donald Trump departs the White House, heading back to his golf club in Virginia

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Chiara Giordano8 November 2020 16:06

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Romney predicts Trump will eventually ‘accept the inevitable’

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Chiara Giordano8 November 2020 16:03

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‘You can’t be what you can’t see’

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest person ever elected to the US Congress, has celebrated the victory of Kamala Harris as the first Black woman vice-president elect, saying: You cannot be, what you cannot see.”

Chiara Giordano8 November 2020 15:39

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AOC won’t say whether she’ll negotiate with Republicans

Progressive Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would not say she is ready to negotiate with moderate Republicans even after president-elect Joe Biden used his victory speech to urge the parties to seek compromise.

Asked if she would seek common ground on legislation with “moderate” Republicans, the soon-to-be sophomore member did not say yes. 

Chiara Giordano8 November 2020 15:23