27 Nov 2020
Donald Trump has said that he would leave office when the electoral college votes for president-elect Joe Biden. It is the closest the outgoing president has come to conceding defeat.
Earlier this month Mr Biden won the election with 306 electoral college votes – many more than the 270 required – to Trump’s 232.
Since he lost, Mr Trump has made a raft of unsubstantiated claims about alleged ballot fraud and launching legal attempts to challenge the outcomes in several states.
Taking questions from reporters for the first time since his defeat, Mr Trump was asked if he would exit the office in a peaceful transition if the electoral college votes for Joe Biden.
“Certainly I will. And you know that,” he said.
“But I think that there will be a lot of things happening between now and the 20th of January. A lot of things.”
However, he refused to say if he would attend the inauguration ceremony for Mr Biden.
Mr Trump would be the first president since Andrew Johnson in 1869 to refuse to attend the inauguration of his successor.
At the Thanksgiving press conference, he added: “It’s going to be a very hard thing to concede because we know there was massive fraud.
“The people are very disappointed that we were robbed. I won (Georgia) by hundreds of thousands of votes.”
In a series of late-night tweets, Trump said that the media had not covered his news conference in the way he had wanted, insisting the main point he had tried to make was that he won the election. Twitter slapped a flag on his words.