Trump says he will leave White House despite being 'robbed' of election win
WASHINGTON: Still unable to bring himself to concede defeat in an election that he has lost by most accounts, US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he will nevertheless leave the White House if the Electoral College formalizes Democrat Joe Biden's victory.
“Certainly I will, and you know that,” Trump said in his first explicit commitment to vacate office if the process did not go his way, adding, “It’s going to be a very hard thing to concede because we know that there was massive fraud.”
Asked if he would attend Biden’s inauguration on January 20, Trump said “I know the answer,” but declined to elaborate.
At one point Trump got snippy with Reuters' White House correspondent Jeff Mason, snap, “You’re just a lightweight...Don’t talk to me that ... I’m the president of the United States. Don’t ever talk to the president that way.” Mason had spoken over Trump, pressing ahead with a follow-up question about conceding the election even as the President was claiming fraud.
Trump has had a contentious relationship with the mainstream White House press corps that is openly skeptical of his claims. He had mocked Mason for wearing a mask and once asked him to take it off before asking a question at a press conference, which the journalist declined to do, insisting he was happy to speak louder if Trump could not hear him.
News about that event was sidelined as Trump continued his campaign to denigrate the US elections claiming he was defeated through fraud.
"We were robbed. We were robbed. I won that by hundreds of thousands of votes. Everybody knows it," he maintained. He also insisted there was no way Biden could have polled 80 million votes, far more than President Obama's record 70 million votes in 2008, even though the US population (and also electorate size) has grown by nearly 25 million since that time.
Under rules pertaining to elections, any challenge to the results must be resolved by December 8. All states must certify their results before the Electoral College meets on December 14. The US Congress will gather on January 6, 2021 to formally certify the Electoral College results and declare the winner of the White House.
why most mail in ballots are for democrats? What’s up with that? The election was won based on mail in votes! Till they started counting those, Trump was leading! Something fishy for sure.
DONALD TRUMP IS THE GREATEST PRESIDENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY
it was fair and square win by Biden in state electoral college votes as well as in popular vote count. Accept and leave now gracefully.
He is a LOSER. He cheated on his school entrance test and so did his father threatened his professors to give him pass marks or he will sue them. This is trump family history if you read Ms. Mary Trump's book. He is so called great businessman but not mentioning that he filed six bankruptcies costing over a billion to investors and banks. He will be in jail soon for tax evasions and bank frauds. His supporters in India, please apply for VISA to visit him in jail and please bring beef burgers and steaks for him as they do not serve him these dishes in jail
Thank God, the maniac is out of the White House. Mess up the whole world in just 4 years. America will now be Great Again under Biden. Trump had stolen the Election in 2016 with the help of Putin and now Putin is not willing to recognise Biden.
Of course Trump would leave the White House after the Electoral College certifies that Biden has won the election. That is the procedure, and every president follows it.
Mr. President - Grapes are sour.
Looks like he is SMART after all. He KNOWS that IF he does not vacate by Noon on January 20, US sheriffs deputies will come and throw him and family and all his personal possessions out of the White House.
Before leaving White House, please write on walls " I was cheated by the incoming President "
This huge fraud of an election is a permanent blot of the So-called American de acy !.
BETTER FOR HIM TO VACATE BEFORE TIME. GO BACK TO YOUR MONEY MAKING BUSINESS.
Donald Trump did exceedingly well as President of United States and he lost this election very unfortunately.
This guy is absolutely shameless. Court after court in multiple states has thrown out his accusations and lies that there were irregularities in voting or counting of votes. He still spits out the same garbage. a President talking like this has got to be embarrassing for the whole country.
Why toilet paper has so much interest in US elections?
Feel sorry for you, but no other alternative. One has to accept the defeat. Winning and losing is a part of life. Enjoy life. You had a good time as President, we do like your administration.