FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump plays golf at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, U.S., November 15, 2020.
REUTERS/Joshua RobertsWASHINGTON (Reuters) - More prominent Republicans on Monday joined the call for President Donald Trump to end efforts to overturn his election defeat and allow President-elect Joe Biden to begin the formal transition to a new administration.
Twenty days after Election Day, most members of Trump’s party still refused on Monday to refer to Biden as president-elect, or to question Trump’s insistence - without evidence - that he had only lost on Nov. 3 because of fraud.
Republican Senator Rob Portman - co-chairman of Trump’s campaign in Ohio who rarely breaks with party leaders - said there was no evidence of widespread election fraud and called for the transition to begin.
“It is now time to expeditiously resolve any outstanding questions and move forward,” Portman wrote in a Cincinnati Enquirer opinion column on Monday.
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