Trump refuses to acknowledge election reality at White House event
President Donald Trump inched closer to acknowledging he will not be president after January 20, but stopped well short of recognizing his loss when vowing his administration wouldn't order new coronavirus lockdowns.
Video of an event in the East Room of the White House where President Trump gave remarks around 3 a.m. on Nov. 4 shows White House chief of staff Mark Meadows walking around a crowd of about 150 of Trump's top aides, donors and allies. Meadows has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. A maskless President Donald Trump and a masked President-elect Joe Biden took part in separate Veterans Day observances. Both declined to speak publicly in the wake of a highly contested presidential election.
US President Donald Trump's refusal to concede the US election will reflect poorly on his place in history, President-elect Joe Biden said on Tuesday. "I just think it's an embarrassment, quite frankly," Biden told reporters when he was asked about Trump's refusal to acknowledge defeat in the November 3 election. "How can I say this tactfully," Biden said. "I think it will not help the president's legacy." The president-elect downplayed any practical problems caused by Trump's refusal to help with the transition toward a new US administration. He said the transition process was "well underway" and "nothing's going to stop that."
Much formal transition work doesn't begin until the administrator of the federal General Services Administration ascertains the "apparent successful candidate" in the general election. This has not happened yet amidst legal challenges by President Donald Trump's team to the election results in some states. This means Biden is not receiving a daily classified briefing on security threats typically afforded to the president-elect. There is no evidence of significant voter fraud in the presidential election, but President Trump has refused to concede. People close to the president are worried he is spiraling into rage and hurting his own legacy. NBC News' Carol Lee explains the concern surrounding Trump's actions. President Trump has stayed bunkered down in the White House since he lost the election to Joe Biden, and will spend Thanksgiving there for the first time. Trump has typically spent the holiday at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. He claimed a victory after Michigan's Board of Canvassers at first refused to certify the vote in Wayne County, which includes the 80% Black city of Detroit. Two Republicans abruptly reversed course after facing swift outrage, and the vote was certified.