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Trump Says He Will Leave the White House If Electoral College Votes for Biden

Trump Says He Will Leave the White House If Electoral College Votes for Biden

WASHINGTON – US President, Donald Trump, on Thursday said he would leave the White House if the Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden, the closest he has come to conceding the November 3 election, even as he rehearsed unfounded allegations of massive electoral fraud.
Speaking to reporters on the Thanksgiving Day, Trump said if Biden – who is due to be sworn in on January 20 – is officially declared the winner by the Electoral College, he will leave the White House.
When asked if he would leave the White House if the Electoral College voted for Biden, Trump said, “Definitely I will. Definitely I will. And you Know it.”
But Trump said it would be difficult for him to concede because “we know there has been massive fraud.”
“It was a rigged election … at the highest level,” Trump insisted in a sometimes-rambling White House speech, while continuing to offer no concrete evidence of widespread voting irregularities.
It was the first time Trump had answered questions from reporters since polling day, and at times he turned combative.
In the United States, a candidate becomes president by obtaining the most “electoral” votes rather than by obtaining a majority of the national popular vote. Voters, split across the 50 states and the District of Columbia largely based on their population, are loyal supporters who pledge to support the candidate who won the popular vote in their state.
Biden won the election with 306 Electoral College votes – far more than the 270 required – against Trump’s 232, and voters are due to meet on December 14 to formalize the result.
Biden also leads Trump by more than 6 million in the popular vote count.
Trump has so far refused to fully acknowledge his defeat, although earlier this week – with increasing pressure from his own Republican ranks – he agreed to let Biden’s transition process officially continue.
The frantic efforts of Trump and his aides to reverse the results in key states, either through lawsuits or pressure on lawmakers, have failed and he is running out of options.
“President-elect Biden won 306 electoral votes. States continue to certify these results, the Electoral College will meet soon to ratify this result,” said Michael Gwin, spokesman for the Biden campaign, when asked about Trump’s comments.
“Biden will be sworn in as president on January 20, 2021.”
Showing that he intended to remain in the political fray until the end of his term, Trump said on Thursday that he would visit Georgia, a once solidly Republican state he had narrowly lost on December 5 facing Biden, to campaign for two Republican candidates for the US Senate.
The second round of elections in Georgia on January 5 will determine whether Republicans retain their majority in the Senate.
“I just want to say to my people, don’t be disappointed yet because this race is far from over,” Trump said.
Biden and Trump both stayed close to home to celebrate Thanksgiving Thursday as the coronavirus pandemic raged across the country.
Biden spent the vacation in the small seaside town of Rehoboth, Delaware, where he and his wife Jill have a vacation home. The Bidens welcome daughter Ashley Biden and husband Dr Howard Kerin for the holiday meal.
The former vice president, appearing with his wife in a video message posted to his Twitter account on Thanksgiving, said his family usually had a large rally on Nantucket Island off Massachusetts, but would stay in Delaware this year “with just a small group around our table” because of the pandemic.
In the presidential-style address to a nation that has lost more than 260,000 lives to the coronavirus, the Democratic President-elect said on Wednesday Americans were making a “shared sacrifice for the whole country” and a “declaration of common interest” by staying at home with their immediate family.
“I know that is not the way many of us expected to spend our vacations. We know that a small gesture of staying at home is a gift to our fellow Americans,” Biden said. “I know better days are coming.”
Trump often enjoys celebrating the holidays at his resort town of Mar-a-Largo, in Florida.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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