Former President George W. Bush congratulated President-elect Joe Biden over the phone on Sunday.

He said Biden’s victory and the election’s results were “fundamentally fair” and “its outcomes are clear.”

“Though we have political differences, I know Joe Biden to be a good man, who has won his opportunity to lead and unify our country,” Bush commented. “The President-elect reiterated that while he ran as a Democrat, he will govern for all Americans. I offered him the same thing I offered Presidents Trump and Obama: my prayers for his success, and my pledge to help in any way I can.”

The former president acknowledged President Donald Trump‘s efforts and a “hard-fought campaign.” More than 70 million votes were cast for Trump which was the second largest number of votes for a candidate in U.S. history but fell far behind Biden’s 74 million and counting.

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Bush asserted that Trump had the right to request a recount and pursue legal action but noted that it would not change the election outcome.

“The American people can have confidence that this election was fundamentally fair, its integrity will be upheld, and its outcome is clear,” he added.


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