“Sure I will, and you know it,” Trump said when asked by a reporter if he would like to leave the White House if Biden is declared the winner on December 14th. “I will and, you know that.”
“It will be very difficult to admit because we know there has been massive fraud,” Trump said without evidence.
“Whether we can get this machine moving quickly or not – because time is not on our side, everything else is on our side, the facts are on our side, this was a massive fraud.”
The President falsely added that if Biden was declared the winner, the electoral college “made a mistake because that election was a fraud”. Trump pressed on his comments and snapped at the reporter. “Don’t talk to me like that. I am the President of the United States. Never talk to the President like that,” he said.
Thursday marked the first time since the election that Trump answered reporters’ questions.
Since CNN and other outlets predicted Biden as the winner earlier this month, Trump has refused to accept the results, instead pushing unfounded conspiracies that his second term would be stolen and legal action taken to reverse the results.
This includes falsely claiming during an election night that he has already won re-election, that he has already won states that were actually still in the air at the time, and that his opponents perpetuated a fraud.
In response, Biden Campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement earlier this month, “The United States government is perfectly positioned to escort intruders from the White House.”
Up to that point, the Trump campaign lawsuits have been repeatedly dismissed or dropped, and earlier this week the General Services Administration informed Biden that the Trump administration is ready to begin the formal transition process.
The GSA letter was the first step the government took to acknowledge Trump’s defeat. However, shortly after the letter was reported, the President tweeted: “Our case continues STRONG, we will continue the good fight, and I believe we will prevail!”
He reiterated that message during his sprawling press conference Thursday after a Thanksgiving conference call with military personnel – an event US presidents traditionally use to raise the morale of service members stationed abroad during the holidays and to remind the country of their service.