Transcript for Biden leads Trump by 5 million votes nationally, president refuses to concede
We're going to turn next this evening to president trump, unwilling to concede and his first appearance in nearly a week today. President-Elect Joe Biden laying a wreath at the Korean war memorial in Philadelphia. In fact, he could soon name his chief of staff. As a growing number of world leaders congratulate Biden. Here's our chief white house correspondent Jonathan Karl. Reporter: Today, a new campaign 2020 milestone -- Joe Biden now leads Donald Trump by more than 5 million votes nationally, the largest popular vote victory since 2008. The President-Elect and his wife Jill traveled to Philadelphia today to pay tribute to America's veterans. And the current president visited Arlington national cemetery, but he has not spoken in public for nearly a week, the longest stretch of silence for Donald Trump since he became president. His only communication coming in the form of tweets, many making unfounded claims of election fraud. "The New York Times" called election officials in all 50 states. The resulting banner headline -- "Election officials nationwide find no fraud." Still, only four senate Republican senators have publicly acknowledged Joe Biden is the President-Elect. How do you expect to work with Republicans if they won't even acknowledge you as President-Elect? They will. They will. Reporter: But the president's refusal to concede has frozen the transition process. Today, two former chiefs of staff for George W. Bush and Bill Clinton wrote in "The Washington post", quote, "Our adversaries seek to take advantage of the United States during transitions. Given the realities of the pandemic, delaying the launch of the transition could have real costs." But the outgoing secretary of state, in an at effort to please his boss, is echoing president trump. There will be a smooth transition to a second trump administration. Reporter: It's clear the rest of the world is moving on from the trump presidency. Secretary Pompeo heads out on a trip this Friday to seven countries. The leaders of all seven of them have already congratulated Biden. And in Britain, prime minister Boris Johnson, one of president trump's closest allies on the world stage, today referred to him as, quote, "The previous president." I had and do have a good relationship with the previous president, but I'm delighted to find the many areas in which the incoming biden/harris administration is able to make common cause with us. Back here in the U.S., Jon, a number of judges dismissing president trump's legal challenges to this election? Reporter: Yeah, and let me be blunt about this, David. None of this is going anywhere. For Donald Trump to win, they would either have to disqualify or change tens of thousands of votes and overturn the results in at least three different states. No indication that that is going to happen whatsoever, David. All right, Jon, thank you.
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