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A small but growing number of Republicans support calls for President-elect Joe Biden to be briefed on a daily basis.

Lindsey Graham, a key ally of Trump, was one of those who said Mr Biden should get the president’s secret memo, as is the custom with new presidents.

But most Republicans in Congress stand by Donald Trump’s refusal to recognize Mr Biden’s victory.

The result was mentioned by the US media last weekend, but the count continues.

Donald Trump has launched a series of legal challenges that allege widespread electoral fraud even though his team is not yet to provide evidence.

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On Thursday, Democratic House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said the “absurd circus” meant neglecting the coronavirus pandemic, and she and other top Democrats urged Republicans to “accept reality”.

Are the Republicans swaying?

It must be stressed that most have not yet recognized the Democrat’s victory.

Between 10 and 20 Republicans in Congress have now either congratulated Mr Biden or accepted that there must be steps towards a transition.

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Democratic Senator Chris Coons told CNN that some Republicans had asked him to congratulate Mr Biden on their behalf because they felt unable to do so publicly.

Senator Graham was one of those who said Mr. Biden should receive the top secret daily document given to the President. Chuck Grassley, John Cornyn and John Thune agreed, though Kevin McCarthy, minority chairman of the House of Representatives, said Mr Biden was “not a president at the moment” and should wait.

But giving Joe Biden access to the daily briefings is not the same as accepting that Mr. Trump lost.

However, Ohio Republican Governor Mike DeWine has named Mr. Biden as President-elect.

Why are Republicans holding back?

Senate Democratic Minority Chairman Chuck Schumer said they “deliberately questioned our elections just for fear of Donald Trump.”

Republican officials and senators have a lot to consider, including maintaining the Trump base – if he lost, he won more votes than any incumbent president.

Turning against Trump could generate a costly backlash, especially as two runoff elections in Georgia in January are likely to determine who controls the Senate.

You also need to keep an eye on fundraising and split times over the long term.

Joe Biden is 5.2 million votes ahead of Donald Trump – about 3.4% – and has enough votes in the state electoral college to take over the presidency – 270.

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President Trump has not given any public speeches since the election, but continues to fire tweets questioning the counting of ballot papers in a number of states that are close together.

There are also reports that Mr. Trump has told friends he was starting a digital media company to undermine the conservative-friendly Fox News network, whose full support he now feels rejected.

What is Biden up to?

He has selected veteran political agent Ron Klain as Chief of Staff of the White House.

Mr. Klain has been a senior advisor to Mr. Biden in the Senate since the 1980s and later as Vice President.

The White House Chief of Staff manages the President’s daily routine and is often referred to as his porter.

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Mr Biden has continued to make phone calls to world leaders and other important figures as he advanced preparations for assuming the presidency.

On Thursday he spoke to Pope Francis, who offered Mr. Biden his “blessings and congratulations”. Mr Biden will only be the second Roman Catholic President of the United States.