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Trump says he’ll leave if Electoral College seats Biden | National News

As for the Electoral College, Trump made clear that he will likely never formally concede, even if he said he would leave the White House.

“It’s gonna be a very hard thing to concede. Because we know there was massive fraud,” he said, noting that, “time isn’t on our side.”

“If they do,” vote against him, Trump added, “they’ve made a mistake.”

Asked whether he would attend Biden’s inauguration, Trump said he knew the answer but didn’t want to share it yet.

But there were some signs that Trump was coming to terms with his loss.

At one point he urged reporters not to allow Biden the credit for pending coronavirus vaccines. “Don’t let him take credit for the vaccines because the vaccines were me and I pushed people harder than they’ve ever been pushed before,” he said.

As for whether or not he plans to formally declare his candidacy

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Trump says he will leave White House following Electoral College vote for Biden

Nov. 26 (UPI) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will leave the White House if the Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden, but continued to cast doubt on the election result.

Trump took questions from reporters from the Diplomatic Room of the White House following a series of video conferences with military service members on Thanksgiving, assuring he would leave the White House on Jan. 20.

“Certainly I will, and you know that,” he said.

The president, however, went on to say “it’s going to be a very hard thing to concede” and declared that the Electoral College would be making a “mistake” by voting for Biden.

He also continued to allege “massive fraud” related to the election and said his challenges in key states would continue.

“You’re going to see things happening over the next week or two that are going to be shocking to people,”

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Trump said he will ‘certainly’ leave the White House if the Electoral College elects Joe Biden



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  • When asked if he would leave the White House if Joe Biden wins the Electoral College vote, President Trump said, “Certainly I will. Certainly I will. And you know that.”
  • The president’s remarks Thursday were the closest Trump has come yet to a concession in the November election, which was called by several news outlets weeks ago for President-elect Joe Biden.
  • Trump has not conceded to Biden, citing conspiracy theories about the election related to voter fraud and mail-in voting.
  • The General Services Administration began the formal transition process earlier this week, even as the president refuses to concede.
  • Members of the Trump administration have also started reaching out to Biden’s team to offer help with the transition.
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President Donald Trump said he “certainly” would leave the White House if the Electoral College elects President-elect Joe Biden.

When asked by

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Trump says he’ll leave if Electoral College seats Biden

By Jill Colvin, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will leave the White House if the Electoral College formalizes President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory — even as he insisted such a decision would be a “mistake” — as he spent his Thanksgiving renewing baseless claims that “massive fraud” and crooked officials in battleground states caused his election defeat.

“Certainly I will. But you know that,” Trump said Thursday when asked whether he would vacate the building, allowing a peaceful transition of power in January. But Trump — taking questions for the first time since Election Day — insisted that “a lot of things” would happen between now and then that might alter the results.

“This has a long way to go,” Trump said, even though he lost.

The fact that a sitting American president even had to address whether or not he would leave office after

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Trump says he will leave if electoral college votes for Biden

President Trump said on Thursday that he would leave the White House if the electoral college voted for President-elect Joe Biden next month, though he vowed to keep fighting to overturn the election he lost and said he may never concede.

Trump: ‘It’s going to be a very hard thing to concede’

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“Certainly I will, and you know that,” he said when asked if he would leave the White House if the electoral college picked Biden.

Though advisers have long said he would leave on Jan. 20, it was Trump’s first explicit commitment to vacate office if the vote did not go his way.

Trump said he planned to continue to make claims of fraud about the results and said, without evidence, that Biden could not have won close to 80 million votes. His legal team has been widely mocked — and has lost

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Donald Trump says he will leave White House if electoral college votes for Joe Biden | Donald Trump

Donald Trump has said that he will leave the White House when the electoral college votes for Democratic president-elect Joe Biden in the closest the outgoing president has come to conceding defeat.

Biden won the presidential election with 306 electoral college votes – many more than the 270 required – to Trump’s 232. Biden also leads Trump by more than 6 million in the popular vote tally.

Trump has so far defied tradition by refusing to concede defeat, instead making a series of baseless claims about alleged ballot fraud and launching legal attempts to challenge the outcomes in several states such Pennsylvania and Michigan.

Trump’s comments, made to reporters at the White House after speaking to troops during the traditional Thanksgiving Day address to US service members, appear to take him one step nearer to admitting defeat and might allay fears that will continue fighting the result.

Asked if he

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Trump says he will leave the White House if Electoral College votes for Biden

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump arrives for the presentation (and pardoning) of the 73rd National Thanksgiving Turkey in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 24, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will leave the White House if the Electoral College votes for Democratic President-elect Joe Biden.

In the nearest he has come to a concession, Republican Trump said if Biden is certified the election winner by the Electoral College he will depart the White House. Biden is due to be inaugurated on Jan. 20.

The Electoral College is due to meet on Dec. 14.

Trump made the comments at the White House after speaking to U.S. troops during the traditional Thanksgiving Day address to U.S. servicemembers.

Biden won the Nov. 3 presidential election with 306 Electoral College votes – many more than the 270 required –

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Newsmax CEO Thinks Trump Should Concede When States Certify Elections, Would Support Overturning Electoral College

Chistopher Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax Media, a conservative multimedia platform that has supported President Donald Trump’s claims of voter fraud, said in an interview that Trump should concede the race when states certify their elections.



a person wearing a hat: President Donald Trump throws hats to supporters during a rally at Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport November 2, 2020, in Avoca, Pennsylvania. On Tuesday, Pennsylvania officially certified its election results for Joe Biden. Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy said in an interview that Trump should concede the race one states certify their results.


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President Donald Trump throws hats to supporters during a rally at Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport November 2, 2020, in Avoca, Pennsylvania. On Tuesday, Pennsylvania officially certified its election results for Joe Biden. Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy said in an interview that Trump should concede the race one states certify their results.

In a conversation with Isaac Chotiner published in The New Yorker on Tuesday, Ruddy discussed his close relationship with Trump and how Newsmax has chosen to support the president in the post-election news cycle.

But when asked whether or not the conservative media outlet would support an attempt by Trump to overturn certified election results, Ruddy said he

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Lindsey Graham Calls Biden, Pelosi and Schumer ‘Trifecta from Hell,’ Says They’ll End Electoral College

On Monday night, Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham called President-elect Joe Biden, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York a “trifecta from hell” and said that all three would help end the Electoral College.



Lindsey Graham wearing a suit and tie: In a Monday night Fox News interview, Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham called President-elect Joe Biden, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer a "trifecta from Hell" and said that all three would help end the electoral college. In this September 27, 2018 photo, Graham speaks at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.


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In a Monday night Fox News interview, Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham called President-elect Joe Biden, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer a “trifecta from Hell” and said that all three would help end the electoral college. In this September 27, 2018 photo, Graham speaks at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

Graham made his comments while appearing as a guest on the Fox News program Hannity, which was guest hosted Monday night by former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.). He appeared on the show to predict the political ramifications if Democrats win the January special runoff

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States certifying results ahead of Electoral College meeting

Graphic shows states certified to date

Graphic shows states certified to date

States have begun certifying their results from the Nov. 3 presidential election in the run-up to the Electoral College meeting in mid-December.

Among the states certifying on Monday was Michigan, where President Donald Trump and his allies tried and failed to delay the process. The vote by a bipartisan state canvassing board in Michigan comes days after certification in Georgia, another hotly contested presidential battleground. Both states and their 16 electoral votes went to Biden.

A total of 16 states have so far certified their results, awarding President-elect Joe Biden 54 of his 306 Electoral College votes and Trump 73 of his 232 votes. Florida is the only one of the four most populous states to certify. Deadlines are early next month for the others: California, Texas and New York.

All states must certify before the Electoral College

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