President Trump stated on Thursday that he would go away the White Home if the Electoral Faculty formalized Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s election as president, at the same time as he reiterated baseless claims of fraud that he stated would make it “very onerous” to concede.
Taking questions from reporters for the primary time since Election Day, Mr. Trump additionally threw himself into the battle for Senate management, saying he would quickly journey to Georgia to assist Republican candidates in two runoff elections scheduled there on Jan. 5.
When requested whether or not he would go away workplace in January after the Electoral Faculty solid its votes for Mr. Biden on Dec. 14 as anticipated, Mr. Trump replied: “Definitely I’ll. Definitely I’ll.”
Talking within the Diplomatic Room of the White Home after a Thanksgiving video convention with members of the American army, the president insisted that “stunning” new proof about voting issues would floor earlier than Inauguration Day. “It’s going to be a really onerous factor to concede,” he stated, “as a result of we all know that there was huge fraud.”
However at the same time as he continued to disclaim the fact of his defeat, Mr. Trump additionally appeared to acknowledge that his days as president had been numbered.
“Time shouldn’t be on our aspect,” he stated, in a uncommon admission of weak spot. He additionally complained that what he referred to, prematurely, as “the Biden administration” had declared its intention to scrap his “America First” foreign policy imaginative and prescient.
The president was additionally strikingly testy at one level, lashing out at a reporter who interjected throughout one in every of a number of of his rambling statements in regards to the supposedly fraudulent election.
“You’re only a light-weight,” Mr. Trump snapped, elevating his voice and pointing a finger in anger. “Don’t speak to me that — don’t speak — I’m the president of the USA. Don’t ever speak to the president that means.”
If Mr. Trump sees the tip of his presidency as inevitable, he clearly nonetheless believes he can bolster his legacy — and badly undermine Mr. Biden, the person who’s ending it — by serving to to protect a Republican Senate that might function a wall in opposition to the brand new Democratic agenda.
The election outcomes left Democrats holding 48 seats within the U.S. Senate. If Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, the Democratic challengers in Georgia, can each pull off victories over Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, their celebration will achieve de facto management of a Senate divided 50-50 as a result of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would wield a tiebreaking vote.
In his remarks on Thursday, Mr. Trump stated he would go to Georgia on Saturday. Judd Deere, a White Home spokesman, later clarified that the president meant Saturday, Dec. 5.
The president added that he might return to the state to again the Republicans a second time, “relying on how they’re doing.”
It’s unclear how useful Mr. Trump’s appearances can be for the 2 embattled Republican incumbents. After a hand recount of an in depth vote, Georgia declared Mr. Biden the winner there on Nov. 19 by a margin of 12,284 votes. Mr. Biden is the primary Democrat to hold the state in a presidential election since Invoice Clinton in 1992.
Mr. Trump insisted on Thursday that he had received the vote by a big margin. “We had been robbed. We had been robbed,” he stated. “I received that by a whole lot of hundreds of votes. Everyone is aware of it.”
Requested whether or not he would attend Mr. Biden’s inauguration, as is customary for a departing president, Mr. Trump was coy.
“I don’t need to say that but,” the president stated, including, “I do know the reply, however I simply don’t need to say.”
At instances, Mr. Trump shifted his rationalization of his defeat from claims of fraud to complaints that the political battlefield had been slanted in opposition to him, casting the information media and expertise corporations as his enemies.
“If the media had been trustworthy and massive tech was truthful, it wouldn’t even be a contest,” he stated. “And I’d have received by an incredible quantity.”
After seeming to concede actuality, Mr. Trump rapidly caught himself and revised his conditional assertion.
“And I did win by an incredible quantity,” he added.