Trump says he'll leave office if Electoral College votes for Biden

Will leave WH if Electoral College votes for Biden: Trump

"Certainly I will, and you know that", Trump said when asked by a reporter about leaving the White House if Biden is declared the victor on December 14. Certainly I will. And you know that. "And you know that", he said.

Mr Biden leads Mr Trump 306 votes to 232 under the electoral college system used to pick USA presidents. But while he's stirring uncertainty about how he will behave in the weeks ahead, there is no real suspense about the outcome. All states must certify their results before the Electoral College meets on December 14.

During the news conference, Trump went on to denounce officials in battleground states he'd lost, including Pennsylvania and Georgia, as "communists" and "enemies of the state". "Biden will be sworn in as president on January 20, 2021".

The Trump campaign's desperation stems from the massive failure of its attempt to challenge the election results in court, a legal effort marred by comically weak to non-existent evidence and general incompetence on the part of the president's self-proclaimed "elite strike force team" of attorneys.

"Certainly I will, and you know that", Trump said when asked by a reporter about leaving the White House if Biden is declared the victor on December 14. Biden also leads Trump by more than six million in the popular vote tally.

The teleconference was the first time that the president has answered questions from reporters since the November 3 election.

Adam Shaw is a reporter covering USA and European politics for Fox News. "Five electors voted for someone other than Hillary Clinton despite Clinton carrying their states, while two abandoned Trump", Politico reported. The votes will be officially counted by Congress on January 6.

Biden and Trump both stayed close to home to celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday as the coronavirus pandemic raged across the country.

Trump announced he'd be travelling to Georgia to meet with what he said would be tens of thousands of supporters on December 5, ahead of two runoffs there that will likely determine whether Republicans or Democrats control the Senate. But Trump, in his remarks, openly questioned whether that election would be fair, casting suspicions that could dampen Republican turnout. "I think it's a possibility. they're trying to, look, between you people". "I'm very anxious about that".

More than 260,000 people have died in the U.S. from Covid-19, with daily death tolls surging to 2,000 on recent days.

Trump made clear that he will probably never formally concede, even if he said he would leave the White House. "It's going to be a very hard thing to concede". "Massive fraud has been found". He also said that if the Electoral College votes for Biden, it will be a "mistake".

"Time is not on our side", he said, in a rare admission of weakness.

Supporters suggest he is already eyeing a run for president in 2024. Trump said he doesn't "want to talk about 2024 yet".

He said that in his first 100 days in office, he would tackle the Covid crisis, scrap Trump policies "damaging" the environment and push legislation offering millions of undocumented USA residents a route to citizenship.

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