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After spending most of the week denying – and threatening to contest – Joe Biden’s election victory, Donald Trump has been dealt a fresh blow by China.  news.com.au November 13, 2020 9:30PM LIVE Last updated November 13, 2020 9:28PM AEDT Welcome to our live coverage of the continued fallout from the US election.   After…

After spending most of the week denying – and threatening to contest – Joe Biden’s election victory, Donald Trump has been dealt a fresh blow by China. 

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Last updated November 13, 2020 9:28PM AEDT

Welcome to our live coverage of the continued fallout from the US election.
 

After spending most of the week denying – and threatening to contest – Joe Biden’s election victory, current President Donald Trump has been dealt a fresh blow by China.

The country – which has long had a tense relationship with the US and had held off from making any public endorsement of either presidential candidate – became one of the last major nations to congratulate president-elect Mr Biden on his win.

“We respect the choice of the American people. We congratulate Mr Biden and (vice president-elect) Ms Harris,” foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Friday local time. 

“At the same time, the result will be confirmed according to US laws and procedures.” 

The move came just hours after multiple media outlets named Mr Biden as the winner of the Republican stronghold state of Arizona, extending his lead even further past Mr Trump. 

Arizona gives Mr Biden a 290-217 lead over Mr Trump in the Electoral College that ultimately decides the presidency, with 270 needed to win the White House. 

Despite Mr Biden’s clear victory, Mr Trump has still refused to concede that he lost – making a barrage of unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud and remaining adamant he could still win the election. 

Most recently, the President claimed in a series of tweets that 2.7 million votes for him had been “deleted” and hundreds of thousands had been switched from him to Mr Biden in Pennsylvania and other states. 

“Biden did not win, he lost by a lot!” Mr Trump wrote in his most recent tweet. 

Read on for all the latest news. 

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Multiple media outlets have just named Joe Biden as the winner in Arizona, extending his lead even further past Donald Trump.

NBC and CNN are among the outlets to name Mr Biden as the projected winner of the state, earning him 11 more electoral ballots.

Arizona has long been considered a Republican stronghold, but the majority of major media outlets agree it has turned blue.

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Arizona gives Mr Biden a 290-217 lead over Mr Trump in the Electoral College that ultimately decides the presidency, with 270 needed to win the White House.

It comes days after Fox News called the state for Mr Biden, sparking fury from Mr Trump and his campaign.

The media outlet called Arizona for Mr Biden on election night when just 73 per cent of the state’s vote had been counted.

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Jimmy Kimmel has mocked Donald Trump’s refusal to concede the election to Joe Biden, welcoming his show’s viewers to what he called “Day 9 of Squattergate”.

Now that Mr Trump has officially been declared the winner of Alaska and its three electoral college votes, Kimmel suggested a solution for the disgruntled President.

“Why don’t we just make him president of Alaska? He’d love it,” Kimmel quipped in the latest episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

“It even sounds like the names of his wives and daughters: Melania, Ivana, Ivanka, Alaska.”

Kimmel said that Mr Trump would “for sure be the tannest person there”.

“Plenty of wide-open space to build big ugly buildings and put your name on them. Donny Jr. would have a lot of endangered species to shoot. And he could marry Sarah Palin – she’s like a Melania who likes you,” he said.

“You’ll be surrounded by people who agree with you, and you’ll be able to see Russia from your house. It’s everything you could dream. Let’s make him the first president of the Last Frontier. Alaska: it’s big, it’s white, it’s melting down and it has lots of crabs, just like Donald Trump.


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Senior US election officials have struck a blow against Donald Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud, revealing “no evidence” of compromised votes had been found.

Members of the Election Infrastructure Government co-ordinating Council (GCC) and the Election Infrastructure Sector co-ordinating Executive Committees have issued a joint statement refuting Mr Trump’s claims and even labelling this election the “most secure in American history”.

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“The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history. Right now, across the country, election officials are reviewing and double checking the entire election process prior to finalising the result,” the statement read.

“When states have close elections, many will recount ballots. All of the states with close results in the 2020 presidential race have paper records of each vote, allowing the ability to go back and count each ballot if necessary.

“This is an added benefit for security and resilience. This process allows for the identification and correction of any mistakes or errors. There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”

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After spending most of the week denying – and threatening to contest – Joe Biden’s election victory, current President Donald Trump has been dealt a fresh blow by China.

The country – which has long had a tense relationship with the US and had held off from making any public endorsement of either presidential candidate – became one of the last major nations to congratulate president-elect Mr Biden on his win.

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“We respect the choice of the American people. We congratulate Mr Biden and (vice president-elect) Ms Harris,” foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Friday local time. 

“At the same time, the result will be confirmed according to US laws and procedures.” 

The move came just hours after multiple media outlets named Mr Biden as the winner of the Republican stronghold state of Arizona, extending his lead even further past Mr Trump. 

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