Trump says he’ll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College

Trump says he’ll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College

President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he’ll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE on Thursday said he would leave the White House on Jan. 20 if the Electoral College declares President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he’ll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation US records 2,300 COVID-19 deaths as pandemic rises with holidays MORE the winner of the election, but indicated he was not prepared to concede defeat.

“Certainly I will. And you know that,” said Trump when asked if he would leave the White House if the Electoral College voted for Biden.

He added, “If they do, they made a mistake.”

“It’s going to be a very hard thing to concede,” Trump told reporters during a press call on Thursday. 

It was the first time Trump has taken questions directly from reporters since the election more than three weeks ago.

Trump this year has repeatedly refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power.

“We’re going to have to see what happens, you know, but I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots. The ballots are a disaster,” he said in September.

At the time, Trump said such a commitment was not necessary, appearing confident that he would win reelection.

On Monday, after weeks of stalling the transition process, the General Service Administration (GSA) reached out to Biden’s campaign, giving them access to government resources and personnel. Trump in a tweet said he had directed the agency to do so, but its chief said she came to the decision on her own.

During the press call Thursday Trump also continued to claim widespread electoral fraud had occurred, despite no evidence to suggest that to be true.

“I don’t know what is going to happen. I know one thing: Joe Biden did not get 80 million votes,” said Trump. The president also claimed that he had received significantly more than 74 million votes, insisting that votes for him had been tossed out.

Most of Trump’s legal challenges in key battleground states to overturn the election results have been dismissed. In Pennsylvania, a judge ordered the vote certification to be stopped, a ruling Gov. Tom WolfTom WolfTrump says he’ll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College Trump cancels plans to attend Pennsylvania GOP event on election Biden-Harris ticket the first in US history to surpass 80 million votes MORE’s (D) administration swiftly appealed to the Supreme Court.

Commenting on the voting infrastructure in the U.S., Trump said, “We are like a third-world country.”

Trump also said he was not sure if he would attend the inauguration. Former presidents typically attend the inauguration of their successors as a show of unity for the country. In 2016, former President Obama attended Trump’s inauguration, along with other past presidents. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump says he’ll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College Federal workers stuck it out with Trump — now, we’re ready to get back to work Biden soars as leader of the free world MORE attended with her husband, former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonTrump says he’ll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College Obama: ‘Hopeless’ to try to sell as many books as Michelle Dow breaks 30,000 for first time as Biden transition ramps up MORE.

During the same call, Trump informed reporters that he planned on traveling to Georgia on Dec. 5 to support two GOP senators in their respective run-off races.

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