Donald Trump says he will leave White House if electoral college votes for Joe Biden
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Donald Trump has confirmed he will leave the White House if the electoral college votes for Joe Biden – the closest he has come so far to conceding.
Donald Trump has confirmed he will leave office if the electoral college votes for Joe Biden on December 14.
It’s the closest the President has come so far to conceding the election, after Mr Biden was named the presumptive winner earlier this month.
Mr Trump made the comments while speaking to reporters after a Thanksgiving Day event at the White House on Thursday.
Mr Biden is currently on track for a 306-232 electoral college victory, more than the 270 required for victory, and has a popular vote lead of nearly six million.
The President has continued to claim the election was “rigged”, and is seeking to overturn the results in key swing states including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin, Arizona and Nevada.
“It’s going to be a very hard thing to concede because we know there was massive fraud,” Mr Trump said.
“So as to whether or not I can get this apparatus moving this quickly, because time isn’t on our side – everything else is on our side, facts are on our side – this was a massive fraud, this should never take place in this country, we’re like a third-world country. It was a rigged election.”
Asked again whether he would concede if the electoral college voted for Mr Biden, Mr Trump said, “If they do, they made a mistake because this election was a fraud. So no, I can’t say that.”
A reporter pressed, “So if they do you won’t leave the White House?”
“Certainly I will,” Mr Trump replied.
“Certainly I will. And you know that. But I think that there will be a lot of things happening between now and January 20. Massive fraud has been found. We’re like a third-world country. We’re using computer equipment that can be hacked. They talk about glitches. How many glitches did they find? Oh, gee, we had a glitch, 5000 votes.”