"It's going to be a very hard thing to concede because we know there was massive fraud", he said, an allegation he has stood by without offering proof.
The Trump campaign's desperation stems from the massive failure of its attempt to challenge the election results in court, a legal effort marred by comically weak to non-existent evidence and general incompetence on the part of the president's self-proclaimed "elite strike force team" of attorneys. In response to Mason's question, Trump accused the Electoral College of making a "mistake" claiming election fraud. "You're just a lightweight", Trump said, pointing his finger. "Biden will be sworn in as President on January 20, 2021".
Electors must send their votes in by December 14, but if Biden is declared the victor by the "safe harbor" date of December 8, six days before the due date, Congress can acknowledge Biden as the country's next president.
He had asserted on Wednesday again that the election was stolen and said that "we can't let that happen".
According to the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, Biden has so far garnered more than 80 million votes.
The electors nearly always vote for the candidate that won the most votes in their states, and although it is possible for some to disregard the voters' pick no result has ever been changed this way.
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All the tests were negative so now, if nothing changes, he's available, which is good. I don't want to speak too much about it". He can now train with us tomorrow.
Earlier this week, Trump allowed the official start of Biden's transition to power without conceded defeat.
The President made the remarks on Thursday while reporters after concluding a teleconference with United States troops to mark the Thanksgiving holiday, reports Xinhua news agency.
"If the media were honest and big tech was fair, it wouldn't even be a contest", he said. Judd Deere, a White House spokesman, later clarified that the president meant Saturday, Dec. 5. He said he didn't want to talk about running in 2024 yet since in his eyes the 2020 race was not yet over.
On Thursday, he gave every indication that he will remain politically active by revealing he will visit Georgia to campaign for two Republican Senators locked in a run-off election.
After the 3 November election, mainstream USA media rushed to pronounce Democrat Joe Biden as victor, although Trump claimed that the victory would have been his if it were not for major violations during the mail-in voting and "rigging" by Biden's fellow Democrats.