US President Donald Trump not conceding the election despite major news networks having declared Joe Biden the winner is not unexpected considering his ridiculous behaviour over the last four years, Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal said.
"I wish we could have expected something different from Donald Trump, but this is the ridiculous behaviour that we have seen for four years, to not concede the race, when all major news channels have called this, AP has called it," Jayapal, who this week registered her third consecutive win to the House of Representatives, told CNN International in an interview.
"The reality is, Joe Biden will be our next president, and there's nothing Donald Trump can do to change that. So, it's unfortunate, because the country needs to move forward and move forward quickly," she said.
President-elect Joe Biden's campaign urged the Trump political appointee who heads the U.S. General Services Administration to approve an official transition of power despite President Donald Trump's refusal to concede.
GSA Administrator Emily Murphy, appointed to the job by Trump in 2017, has not yet determined that “a winner is clear,” a spokesperson said, delaying the Biden team's access to millions of dollars in federal funding and the ability to meet with officials at intelligence agencies and other departments.
Jayapal also said the election of Kamala Harris of Indian origin as the first-ever woman vice president of the county is historic.
"It is truly a joy, I can't take the smile off my face, to see her ascend to the vice presidency. This is important, not only because she brings a lived experience, being the daughter of immigrants from Trinidad and India," she said.
In 2016, Jayapal became the first Indian American woman to be elected to the US House of Representatives. The same year Kamala Harris was elected as the US Senator from California.