President Trump said on Thursday that he would leave the White House if Electoral College voted for Joseph R. Biden Jr. formalized the presidential election, even repeating baseless claims of fraud that he said would be “very difficult” to win.
Questioning reporters for the first time since Election Day, Mr. Trump threw himself into a battle for Senate control, stating that he would soon travel to Georgia, the Republican candidates in two runoff elections to be held on January 5. Will support
Asked if the Electoral College would step down after the Electoral College cast its vote on January 14 as expected, Mr. Trump replied: “Of course I will. Definitely I will. “
Speaking in the diplomatic room of the White House after a thank-you video conference with members of the US military, the president insisted that “shocking” questions about voting problems would emerge before the inauguration day. He said, “It is very difficult work.” Because we know that there was massive fraud. “
But while he continued to deny the reality of his defeat, Mr. Trump also believed that his days as president were being counted.
“Time is not on our side,” he said, in a rare admission of weakness. He also complained that he had, ahead of time, declared the “Biden administration” Intends to scrap its “America First” foreign policy vision.
The Speaker was also at one point striking trial over a reporter who intervened during one of his many statements about an allegedly fraudulent election.
“You’re just a lighter,” Mr. Trump raised his voice and angrily pointed a finger. “Don’t talk to me – don’t talk – I’m the President of the United States. Never talk to the President like that.”
If Mr. Trump sees the end of his presidency as inevitable, he is clearly confident that he can enhance his legacy – and severely weaken Mr. Biden, the man ending it – a By helping to preserve the Republican Senate that can serve as a wall. Against the new democratic agenda.
The election results gave Democrats 48 seats in the US Senate. If John Osoff and Rev. Drs. If Rafael Warnock, a Democratic challenger in Georgia, could win over both senators David Perdue and Kyle Loeffler, his party would gain real control of a Senate split 50–50 as Vice President Elect Kamala Harris won a resounding vote.
In his remarks on Thursday, Mr. Trump said he would visit Georgia on Saturday. White House spokesman Jude Deere later clarified that the president meant Saturday, December 5.
The president said he could return to the state for the second time to back Republicans, “depending on how they are doing.”
It is unclear how useful it would be for Mr. Trump’s two emboldened Republican incumbents. after a Patting A close vote, Georgia declared Mr. Biden the winner On November 19, on margin basis 12,284 votes. Mr. Biden is the first Democrat since Bill Clinton in 1992 to take the state to the presidential election.
Mr. Trump insisted on Thursday that he had won the vote by a significant margin. “We were robbed. We were robbed, ”he said. He said, ‘I won by hundreds of thousands of votes. Everyone knows it. “
Asked if he would attend Mr. Biden’s inauguration, as is customary for a late president, accompanied Mr. Trump.
The president said, “I don’t want to say that right now,” I know the answer, but I just don’t want to say.
Sometimes, Mr. Trump shifted his explanation of his defeat from claims of fraud to complaints that had been made a political battleground against him, choosing the news media and technology companies as his enemies.
“If the media was honest and big technology fair, it wouldn’t even be a competition,” he said. “And I would have won by a tremendous amount.”
After accepting the reality, Mr. Trump quickly caught himself and revised his conditional statement.
“And I won by a tremendous amount,” he said.