Florida governor asked if he accepts Biden as president-elect: 'It's not for me to do'

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisOvernight Health Care: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for adolescents | Biden administration reverses limits on LGBTQ health protections DeSantis to hold Newsmax town hall DeSantis signs bill banning gun regulations by local governments MORE (R) declined to publicly acknowledge Joe Biden as the president-elect on Tuesday after the Electoral College affirmed his victory the day before. 

"It's not for me to do," DeSantis told reporters after a state Cabinet meeting when asked whether he accepts Biden as the president-elect. "Here's what I would say, obviously we did our thing in Florida. The [Electoral] College voted. What’s going to happen is going to happen.”

"But I can tell you, I think a lot of the frustration for folks that supported the president was we were four years with people not accepting him," the governor said. "I mean, Hillary [Clinton] the last week of the election was saying [Vladimir] Putin stole it, and I just think that that’s left a lot of people really frustrated with how it’s going to go.”


However, DeSantis added that it was "unfortunate" for the Sunshine State that President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger, Gaetz get in back-and-forth on Twitter over Cheney vote READ: Liz Cheney's speech on the House floor Cheney in defiant floor speech: Trump on 'crusade to undermine our democracy' MORE lost. 

“The president has been one hell of an ally for this state. I can tell you that,” he said. “It’s funny, because these hospitals, we’ve really supported them. If they needed something, we got it to them. I was like, ‘Well, I may not be a phone call away from getting everything done soon,'" he added, referring to the coronavirus pandemic. 

DeSantis has been one of Trump's staunchest allies. His comments come after the state's 29 electors cast ballots for Trump on Monday after the president's victory in the state on Nov. 3. 

More Republicans across the country begin to publicly acknowledge Biden as the president-elect after he won 306 Electoral College votes on Monday. Trump has claimed, without evidence, that he lost the election because of widespread voter fraud. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate panel deadlocks in vote on sweeping elections bill Senate descends into hours-long fight over elections bill Republican governor of Arkansas says 'Trump is dividing our party' MORE (R-Ky.) congratulated Biden on the Senate floor on Tuesday, referring to him as the president-elect. 

"The Electoral College has spoken, so today I want to congratulate President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenKinzinger, Gaetz get in back-and-forth on Twitter over Cheney vote Cheney in defiant floor speech: Trump on 'crusade to undermine our democracy' US officials testify on domestic terrorism in wake of Capitol attack MORE. The president-elect is no stranger to the Senate. He's devoted himself to public service for many years," McConnell said.