Trump admits he won't serve a second term day after inciting mob
President Donald Trump conceded publicly for the first time that he will not serve a second term, stopping short of congratulating President-elect Joe Biden but acknowledging a transfer of power is now underway.
It appeared to end, for now, Trump's false and corrosive attempt to overthrow the election results, which culminated in a violent attempt at insurrection at the US Capitol a day earlier. It did not reckon with Trump's role in fomenting that violence, nor did it contain a vow to change his behavior.
But with 13 days until Biden is inaugurated, the President's comments in a prerecorded video amounted to as much of a concession as he is likely to offer before he departs the White House for good.
"A new administration will be inaugurated on January 20," Trump said in the video, which was taped at the White House. "My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power."
A White House adviser in discussions with senior officials said Trump recorded the video only because his presidency is threatened by looming resignations and potential impeachment.
"I think that video was done only because almost all his senior staff was about to resign, and impeachment is imminent," the adviser said.
President Donald Trump tweeted that he won't attend President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. CNN's David Gergen says the move shows Trump is a "sore loser" and contradicts the message of unity the President released the previous day.
#Trump Democrats have introduced an article of impeachment against US President Donald Trump for his role in last week's deadly invasion of the Capitol. During an interview with NBC, Joe Biden claims he won't use the Department of Justice as a tool to prosecute Trump; Former prosecutor Jim Trusty weighs in. Trusty also analyzes a Michael Flynn pardon. #FoxNews In his first major public appearance after losing the US presidential election, Donald Trump has spread further unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud. Speaking at a rally in Georgia, where a crucial senate race is underway, outgoing president Trump insisted he had won a second term. But increasing numbers of his own Republican party are tiring of his rhetoric.
Trump's Democratic rival Joe Biden has been declared the winner by enough states to ensure victory, and more than 30 of Trump's legal challenges have failed in the courts. But the president sees an alternative reality.
The rally in Georgia was for Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, who are contesting the state's run-off senate election in January.
But some in Trump's own party are growing weary of his rhetoric. Georgia's Republican governor has refused to take steps to override the state's pro-Biden poll result.
Georgia's run-off election is especially critical. The vote will determine which party holds power in the senate.