US election: George Bush congratulates Joe Biden, Kamala Harris on their victory

US election: George Bush congratulates Joe Biden, Kamala Harris on their victory

- George W. Bush has joined the growing list of people who have joined in rejoicing with US President-elect Joe Biden

- The former president of the United States sent a short congratulatory message to Biden after he beat the incumbent, Donald Trump

- Bush also had some words for Trump who he said fought hard in his campaign as he earned over 70 million votes

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Following the declaration of Joe Biden as America's president-elect, former president George W. Bush has joined the world to congratulate him on his victory.

The former US president in a statement released on Sunday, November 8, after he spoke with the Democratic candidate by telephone extended his congratulations to the president-elect and his vice, Kamala Harris.

He hailed Harris on her historic election as the first woman to be elected US vice president.

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Bush who is the only living former Republican president also thanked Biden for his patriotic address he delivered on Saturday, November 7, the New York Times reports.

George W. Bush congratulates Biden on his victory
Former President George Bush congratulates US President-elect Biden on his victory. Photo credit: NYTimes & The Boston Globe
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According to the former president, he also reached out to Harris to congratulate her for setting a record as the first female vice president

"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.”

He also congratulated President Donald Trump for a great campaign in spite of his refusal to accept the US election result.

Bush is the highest-profile Republican to publicly make a statement on the election results as many of the party’s leaders have been silent either out of fear of getting on Trump's bad side or loyalty to him.

Biden who served as the 47th vice president of the United States under Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017, was declared president-elect after surpassing the 270 electoral votes required for a candidate to win the presidency in America.

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He is the latest candidate to give an incumbent president a marching order out of White House — albeit via a democratic electoral process.

Amidst the outpouring of congratulatory messages for the new president from global leaders, Trump is yet to concede defeat.

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Earlier, reported that Biden is full of gratitude to the American people for choosing him to be their next leader.

He thanked all Americans from the bottom of his heart in a series of tweets on his official Twitter handle, he called on everyone to join hands with him in making America great again.

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