Joe Biden has said President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede victory in last week’s White House election is “an embarrassment”.
But the US president-elect – who has been making contact with foreign leaders – insisted nothing would stop the transfer of power.
Trump meanwhile tweeted that he would ultimately win the race that all major TV networks have forecast he lost.
As happens every four years, US media projected the election victor.
None of the state-by-state results have yet been certified, several vote counts are continuing, and the outcome will only be set in stone once the US Electoral College meets on 14 December.
Biden was asked by reporters on Tuesday what he thought of President Trump’s refusal to acknowledge defeat.
“I just think it’s an embarrassment, quite frankly,” said Biden.
“The only thing that, how can I say this tactfully, I think it will not help the president’s legacy.”
“At the end of the day, you know, it’s all going to come to fruition on January 20,” he added, referring to inauguration day.
The president-elect has been fielding phone calls with foreign leaders as he prepares to assume office.
Referring to phone calls from different heads of states, Biden said: “I’m letting them know that America is back. We’re going to be back in the game.”