On Thursday, Donald Trump stated that if the Electoral College declares President-elect Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential election that he would leave the White House on January 20. However, he made it clear that he would not 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 then added, “If they do, they made a mistake. It’s going to be a very hard thing to concede,” Trump stated to reporters during a press call.
The phone call was the first time that Trump has taken questions from reporters since Biden was declared the winner of the election more than three weeks ago.
Trump has repeatedly refused to concede and has not committed to a peaceful transfer 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,” Trump stated back in September.
At that time, Trump did not believe that he needed to commit to a peaceful transfer of power because he believed that Biden could not beat him.
After weeks of stalling, Trump finally allowed the General Service Administration (GSA) to reach out to Biden’s campaign on Monday and begin the transfer of power. By doing so Biden can now gain access to government personnel and resources.
On Thursday’s call, Trump continued to claim that widespread voter fraud took place. He has still not provided any evidence to back up his claims.
“I don’t know what is going to happen. I know one thing, Joe Biden did not get 80 million votes,” Trump said. He claims that he received more than 74 million votes and that votes for him had been thrown in the trash.
Trump went on to comment about the voting infrastructure in the U.S. saying, “we are like a third world country.”
Trump also told reporters that he had not made a decision about whether he would attend Biden’s inauguration. It is a tradition for outgoing presidents to attend the inauguration to show unity. Former President Obama attended Trump’s inauguration.
Trump also told reporters that he would be traveling to Georgia on December 5 to support republican senators facing respective run-off races.