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Former U.S. President Bush congratulates President-elect Biden, says outcome is clear

Oct 6, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; President George W Bush and wife Laura Bush on the field after the first quarter in the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. President George W. Bush, a Republican, said on Sunday he has spoken to President-elect Joe Biden, a Democrat, to congratulate him on his victory.

In a statement, Bush said Americans can have confidence the U.S. election was “fundamentally fair, its integrity will be upheld, and its outcome is clear.”

He added President Donald Trump has the right to request recounts and pursue legal challenges.

Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Sandra Maler