Kellyanne Conway acknowledges Biden as apparent winner

Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayAides who clashed with Giuliani intentionally gave him wrong time for Trump debate prep: book 7 conservative women who could replace Meghan McCain on 'The View' Karen Pence confirms move back to Indiana: 'No place like home' MORE, former adviser and White House counselor to President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE, acknowledged Joe BidenJoe BidenCDC chief clarifies vaccine comments: 'There will be no nationwide mandate' Overnight Defense: First group of Afghan evacuees arrives in Virginia | Biden signs Capitol security funding bill, reimbursing Guard | Pentagon raises health protection level weeks after lowering it Biden urges local governments to stave off evictions MORE as the apparent winner of the presidential race in an interview that aired Friday.

“If you look at the vote totals in the Electoral College tally, it looks like Joe Biden and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - CDC equates Delta to chickenpox in contagiousness Harris's bad polls trigger Democratic worries Why in the world are White House reporters being told to mask up again? MORE will prevail,” Conway said in an interview with The 19th. “I assume the electors will certify that and it will be official. We, as a nation, will move forward, because we always do."

Conway, Trump’s former 2016 campaign manager, acknowledged that the president is continuing to “exhaust all of his legal avenues” to challenge the results and said it was his right to do so.

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But she also emphasized the need to have a peaceful transition of power, noting the General Services Administration’s decision last week to recognize Biden as the winner so that the transition could formally begin. Trump signaled his own approval of the move last week and also signed off on Biden receiving the President’s Daily Brief, a classified intelligence report delivered to the president on a daily basis.

“We want the engines of government to keep going,” Conway said.

Her public comments are notable because many of Trump’s allies have not acknowledged Biden's victory as the president has challenged the results. Trump has repeated wild and baseless allegations about widespread voter fraud in the election and falsely claimed that he won states that he lost to Biden.

The Trump campaign has not produced evidence to back up his claims and its lawsuits have largely failed so far. Biden was projected the winner of the presidential race almost a month ago, and swing states where the president has mounted legal challenges have certified results showing a Biden win.

Conway’s remarks come after Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote Native Americans are targets of voter suppression too MORE told The Associated Press this week that the Justice Department has not found evidence of widespread voter fraud that would overturn the results of the election. Trump expressed disappointment with Barr’s comments on Thursday, insisting that the election was “rigged” against him.

Conway was one of Trump’s longest serving advisers in the White House. She left her role as White House counselor at the end of August, saying she wanted to focus on family matters.