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Biden: Trump's Influence Over Republican Party Will Fade After He Leaves Office


President-elect Joe Biden said Republicans will have "much more room to run and cooperate" after President Donald Trump leaves the White House. In an interview with CBS 'Late Show' host Stephen Colbert, Biden said he doesn't blame Republicans who have been slow to congratulate his win and believes Trump's hold over the party will become less of a barrier to cooperation.

"I think I can work with Republican leadership in the House and the Senate, I think we can get things done, and I think once this president is no longer in office, I think you're going to see his impact on the body politic fade, and a lot of these Republicans are going to feel they have much more room to run and cooperate," Biden said.

"I know everybody says, well, they should just step up. How can I say this? A number of them sent messages to me four weeks ago, give me time, Joe, give me some time. That's fine by me. That's fine by me. We won. We won Georgia three times. No, but all kidding aside, look, it's a tough spot," he said.

"But you understand the spot they're in?" Colbert asked.

"I do," Biden answered.

"But because you understand it, you also have to understand how futile the spot is for them to resist the reality of the Electoral College. Lindsey Graham. Lindsey Graham, a friend of yours, he has said things about you nicer than anything any of them has said about me. I wish somebody would say the things about me that Lindsey Graham said about you. Do you think you guys can patch it up and work together?" Colbert asked.

"Lindsey's been a personal disappointment because I was a personal friend of his," Biden answered.

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