President Trump said Thursday he would leave the White House if the Electoral College formalized the election of Joseph R. Biden Jr., even as he reiterates baseless allegations of fraud that he said make “very difficult” recognition.
Thanks to reporters questioning for the first time since election day, Mr Trump has also plunged into a battle for Senate control, saying he will soon travel to Georgia to support Republican candidates in the two run-off elections scheduled for 5 January.
Asked whether he would resign in January after the Electoral College cast its votes with Mr Biden as expected on 14 December, Mr Trump replied: “I will certainly do so. Of course I will.
After a videoconference of thanksgiving with members of the U.S. military, the President, who spoke in the White House’s diplomatic hall, insisted that “shocking” new evidence of voting problems emerge before the inauguration day. “It’s a very hard thing to admit,” he said, “because we know there was a huge scam. “
But even as he continued to deny the reality of his defeat, Mr. Trump also seemed to acknowledge that his days as president were numbered.
“Time is not on our side,” he said, with a rare acknowledgment of weakness. He also complained that what he referred to prematurely as the “Biden Administration” had stated his intention to destroy “America’s first” foreign policy ideas.
At one point, the President was also conspicuously annoying and inundated a journalist who intervened in several of his interventions about the allegedly fraudulent election.
“You’re just a lightweight,” Mr. Trump snapped, raising his voice and pointing a finger in anger. – Don’t talk to me – don’t talk to me – 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 clearly continues to believe he can strengthen his legacy – and severely undermine Mr. Biden, the man who is coming to an end, by helping to preserve the Republican Senate, which could serve as a wall. against the new democratic agenda.
Because of the election results, Democrats won 48 seats in the U.S. Senate. If Reverend Jon Ossoff and Dr. Raphael Warnock, Georgia’s Democratic challengers alike can win Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, their party will gain effective control over the 50-50 Senate because elected Vice President Kamala Harris will trigger a tie.
In his speech on Thursday, Mr Trump said he would visit Georgia on Saturday. White House spokesman Judd Deere later clarified that the president is to be understood on Saturday, December 5th.
The president added that he could return to the state to support Republicans a second time, “depending on where they stand.”
It is not clear how beneficial Mr. Trump’s inclusion would be for the two ingested Republican officials. After a manual recount of the close vote, Georgia declared Mr. Biden the winner on November 19, with a difference of 12,284 votes. Mr. Biden is the first Democrat to elect the state in a presidential election, Bill Clinton since 1996.
Trump insisted he won the vote by a significant margin on Thursday. “We were robbed. We were robbed, he said. “I won this by hundreds of thousands of votes. Everyone knows.
Asked if he would like to attend Mr. Biden’s inauguration, as is customary with an outgoing president, Mr. Trump shouted.
“I don’t want to say that yet,” the president said, adding, “I know the answer, but I just don’t want to say it.”
At times, he shifted the explanation for Mr. Trump’s defeat from allegations of fraud to complaints that the political battlefield was skewed against him, throwing the media and technology companies at his enemy.
“If the media were honest and the big technique was fair, it wouldn’t even be competition,” he said. – And I would have won a huge sum.
After seemingly acknowledging the reality, Mr. Trump quickly caught himself and revised his conditional statement.
“And I really won a huge amount,” he added.