Recognition is growing in
Trump has given no indication he’s preparing to concede. His closest aide, son-in-law and senior adviser
The president is falling further behind Biden in three pivotal states -- Pennsylvania, Georgia and Nevada -- and has not made up enough ground in Arizona to make it likely the state will flip back to Trump’s column. He now trails Biden by about 101,000 votes combined across the four states, with the largest deficits in Pennsylvania and Nevada.
There is awareness among Trump’s aides that the election has been decided, according to three of the people.
But the president plans to explore all options to ensure legal votes are counted and votes the campaign contends are illegal are not, one of the people said. Neither Trump or his team have made public any evidence of widespread irregularities in the election or any illegal votes.
The president’s team plans to make additional legal moves starting on Monday, according to one person, who declined to elaborate.
Biden’s victory was called shortly before noon New York time on Saturday by the Associated Press and television networks, after the former vice president’s lead in Pennsylvania widened. Several foreign leaders including Canadian Prime Minister
Trump was at his northern Virginia golf course on Saturday when the race was called and returned there on Sunday.
Bush said Trump “has the right to request recounts and pursue legal challenges” but added that “the American people can have confidence that this election was fundamentally fair, its integrity will be upheld, and its outcome is clear.”
Members of Trump’s team met with the president Saturday at the White House after he played 18 holes of golf:
‘BY A LOT’
Trump continues to insist he defeated Biden, a claim with no merit that’s been echoed by others in his orbit including personal attorney
There are mixed feelings in Trump’s circle about his decision to golf on Saturday, when it was possible the race might be called for Biden. One adviser said it signaled the president didn’t care whether he won or lost, even while campaign officials -- at his orders -- were forging ahead with legal and public-relations challenges.
Moments after the race was called, Giuliani held a news conference at a lawn-care company in the outskirts of Philadelphia, where he claimed fraud and irregularities in the election -- without presenting credible evidence -- and declared Trump would not concede.
White House and campaign legal teams are working in unison to expose any irregularities they can, one person said. White House legal counsel
So far, the legal fight has not yielded much success. Several lawsuits have been dismissed in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia and Michigan. The Supreme Court temporarily granted the Pennsylvania Republican Party’s request to affirm that late-arriving mail-in ballots in the state should be segregated case they are disqualified.
But it’s not clear how that would help Trump. He needs more ballots counted in order to gain votes in Pennsylvania after Biden took a lead.
Former New Jersey Governor
“You have the president sitting in the White House not acknowledging it and I think there’s lots of Republicans who are trying to feel their way around that,” Christie said on ABC News’s “This Week.”
“That’s why it was so important to say early on to the president, ‘if your basis for not conceding was voter fraud, then show us,”’ he said.
Top campaign aides signaled they’ll fight as long as the president wants to, even as the reality of defeat dawns upon them.
The Washington Times said the images were “doctored” and that the paper “never ran a ‘President Gore’ headline.” Murtaugh later deleted his post.
(Updates final paragraph with Washington Times statement)
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