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Biden holds roundtable with workers; Trump draws rebukes for questioning election integrity

President-elect Joe Biden formally introduced his economic team on Dec. 1, vowing to make economic recovery from the coronavirus accessible for everyone. (Video: The Washington Post, Photo: Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post)
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President-elect Joe Biden sought to keep a focus on the economy Wednesday by holding a virtual roundtable with workers and small-business owners affected by the downturn.

During the event, Biden called on members of Congress to “come together and pass a robust package of relief” amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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President Trump taped a 46-minute address from inside the White House in which he repeated debunked and misleading claims that his election loss was the result of widespread voting fraud and corruption.

In Georgia, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, chided Trump for questioning the integrity of the state’s election, comments he said are responsible for a volley of threats against election workers. Christopher Krebs, the government’s ousted top election security official, also denounced such threats, calling them “un-American” and “undemocratic” in a Washington Post Live event Wednesday.

Here’s what to know:

  • During a White House holiday party Tuesday night, President Trump hinted at a 2024 presidential bid if his ongoing efforts to reverse the 2020 election results are unsuccessful.
  • Mark Kelly, a Democrat, was sworn in to the Senate after winning a special election in Arizona. The state certified its results this week.
  • Attorney General William P. Barr said he has “not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election,” undercutting claims that Trump has made — without evidence — of widespread voting irregularities.
  • Representatives of leading U.S. civil rights groups are pressing to meet with Biden, escalating pressure to appoint Black nominees to remaining high-profile Cabinet posts.