Nov 17, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Rubio refers to Biden as "president-elect"

 Senator Marco Rubio walks through the Senate subway following a vote in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol

Sen. Marco Rubio at the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 12. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Monday became the latest in a small but slowly growing number of Republicans to publicly recognize President-elect Joe Biden, as President Trump refuses to concede.

Driving the news: The Senate Intelligence Committee acting chair was asked by journalists on Capitol Hill about reports that Biden's considering Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) for the role of national intelligence director in his incoming administration. "That'll be the president-elect's decision, obviously," Rubio replied.

What else he's saying: When asked to clarify his reference to Biden being the president-elect, Rubio said: "Ultimately that's what the results, the preliminary results, seem to indicate. You certainly have to anticipate if that's the highest likelihood at this point.

  • "But obviously the President has legal claims in court and he'll continue to pursue those, and if that changes, obviously, it'll be something we'll have to deal with."

Worth noting: Rubio told Axios' Alayna Treene last week that he's leaving the door open for a 2024 presidential run.

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