Joe Biden on brink as ‘Kamala Harris set to takeover’ as 2024 battle begins

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Mr Biden is the US’ President Elect, although some have claimed he still faces an uphill battle against the incumbent President Donald Trump. Mr Trump has repeatedly suggested he will not vacate his role in the White House, with his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday alleging that there will be a “smooth transition” to a second term for the President. Busy making contact with foreign leaders in preparation for his inauguration on January 20, Mr Biden has said the President’s refusal to concede defeat is “embarrassing”.

While Mr Biden secured 290 Electoral College votes – 20 more than the required 270 threshold – Mr Trump managed only 214.

The Democrat nominee has had a long career in Washington, starting out in major league politics at the age of 30 when he was elected to the Senate.

He went on to be reelected six times. In the following years he stood for President, but quickly resigned from the race before eventually securing the position of Vice President under Barack Obama between 2009 and 2017.

Winning the presidency is his biggest achievement and lifelong goal, yet at 78 years old, and with a judicial environment dominated by the Republicans – both the Senate and the Supreme Court are heavily conservative – many doubt whether Mr Biden will achieve anything in the next four years.

As a result, observers like Tim Bale, Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University, believe that the Democrats will focus their energy on Mr Biden’s younger, fresher political ally and Vice President, Ms Harris.

Mr Bale told Express.co.uk that Mr Biden’s colleagues already likely think that Mr Biden is a “one term President”.

He explained: “They’re rightly focusing their hopes on Kamala Harris in any case to take over in 2024.

“Perhaps with a rather better chance of doing something should she be able to take the Senate in the way Biden hasn’t been able to, in what will be their real election plan going forward.

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“People have said that Biden won’t be able to get much done in the Senate and the Supreme Court – and they’re right.

“But, after the last four years, quite a lot of people in the Democratic party will simply be pleased to see the end of Donald Trump, and Biden won’t be doing all the stuff Trump has done.

“So there will be a massive sense of relief among the Democrats.

“They’ll now be looking forward to 2024, and I would have thought he’ll pass the tools to Harris who is much more, in some sense, someone those on the progressive side of the Democratic party would like to see.”

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It is this relief that might cut Mr Biden some slack from his party.

As Mr Bale said: “I think the Democrats will probably give him a bit of a pass in the first year or two if he doesn’t get much done because, as far as they’re concerned, at least he won’t be doing bad stuff.”

Mr Biden has already received warm welcomes from leaders around the world.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted his congratulations to Mr Biden yesterday evening – although a closer look at the image posted to Twitter suggests Downing Street was uncertain about who would win the election.

Mr Johnson also had a “refreshing” chat with Mr Biden on Wednesday.

Other leaders have also been on the President Elect’s radar.

Germany’s Chancellor and EU behemoth Angela Merkel received a phone call from Mr Biden, as well as French President Emmanuel Macron and Ireland’s Taoiseach Micheál Martin.

Referring to those conversations, Mr Biden on Tuesday said: “I’m letting them know that America is back.

“We’re going to be back in the game.”

Meanwhile, a small government agency led by an appointee of Mr Trump is currently stalling the handover of power.

The General Services Administration is tasked with co-ordinating funding and access to federal agencies for incoming administrations.

It has so far declined to formally recognise Mr Biden.

This means that the transition team is yet to receive $9.9m (£7.4m) in federal funds.

Mr Biden has thus not been able to send his staff to key departments.

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