U.S. business leaders encourage Congress to certify the outcome of elections

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Letter from American Express, Goldman Sachs, JetBlue and others signed by executives:’ There should be no further delay’

In a letter Monday, some of America’s top business leaders urged Congress to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s election results. They argued that “attempts to thwart or delay this process run counter to the essential tenets of our democracy.”

The message, signed by American Express executives, Goldman Sachs, JetBlue, Microsoft, Pfizer and others, marks the U.S. business community’s biggest public initiative to date to fight back against the continuing attempts by Donald Trump to reverse the election results.

The letter says, “The new Biden administration faces the urgent task of defeating Covid-19 and restoring the livelihoods of millions of Americans who lost jobs and companies during the pandemic,” coordinated by the business advocacy organization Alliance for New York City.

At a time when we are grappling with the worst health and economic problems in modern history, our duly elected leaders deserve respect and bipartisan support from all Americans. No more delay in the orderly transition of power may occur.
The Trump administration was initially welcomed by many business leaders, and Trump formed a high-level employment panel to revive the U.S. economy.

But after his apparent support for white supremacists following a violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, several of those executives left.

Jonathan Gray, the chief operating officer of Blackstone, the private equity company owned by Stephen Schwarzman, one of Trump’s greatest backers, is among the signatories to Monday’s letter.

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