Donald Trump gives condition to vacate White House

Donald Trump at Walter Reed Medical Center on Sunday.  White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is also believed to have been in the room.  REX-Shutterstock

US President Donald Trump says he will step down if the Electoral College affirms the victory of Democrat Joe Biden, but notes that he may never formally acknowledge defeat, Bloomberg reports.

The 74-year-old Republican candidate, who lost his re-election bid, also declined to say whether he would attend Biden’s inauguration next year, as is customary for an outgoing president. “I’ll be honest, I know the answer, but I don’t want to say it yet,” he said, adding that “it’s not cool” that Biden has started picking a cabinet.

Trump answered journalists’ questions Thursday for the first time since his electoral defeat, speaking at the White House after a Thanksgiving teleconference with members of the military.

When asked by a journalist in the White House diplomatic room if he would physically leave the building if the Electoral College claimed Biden’s victory, Trump replied, “I certainly will, and you know it.” But he was quick to argue that there was “massive fraud and massive manipulation” in the elections, insisting that court cases challenging the election result will continue.

Trump was further pressured on whether he would ever concede defeat, but said it would be “a very difficult thing to admit,” even if the Electoral College confirms Biden’s victory. “If they do, they have made a mistake,” he said. “This election was a fraud.”

Electoral College voters in each state must vote on December 14. Certificates recording the results of electoral votes in each state must be received by the President of the Senate no later than December 23. Biden is certified as a winner or leader in states with a total of 306 electoral votes, well above the victory threshold of 270, while Trump obtained 232 electoral votes.

Trump noted that he was running out of time to present evidence of the massive fraud he was outlining, a sign that the evidence may never come.

He also recognized that the entire world is watching what becomes the fate of American democracy. “The whole world is watching and the whole world is laughing at our electoral process,” he said.

Trump also declined to say whether he would seek the presidency again in 2024, as has been widely rumored. “I don’t want to talk about 2024 yet,” he replied.

Journalists had previously reported that top world leaders, including those from China, the UK, France, Canada, Germany, and other European and African states, congratulated Biden and his vice president-elect, Kamala Harris, after US cable networks the two winners will be screened. of the highly contested election.

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