President Donald Trump said Thursday it was "very difficult to get the election through" but admitted he would be leaving the White House when the time came for the electoral college to vote for Joe Biden.
He wouldn't say whether he would attend his rival's inauguration.
On Thanksgiving Day, the president took his first questions from the media since the election.
"It is very difficult to admit because we know there has been massive fraud," Trump said in the White House.
The president said he would leave on inauguration day if the electoral college voted for his rival.
& # 39; Sure I will. And you know that, ”Trump told reporters at the White House when asked if he would go to ensure a peaceful transfer of power.
But he also warned that it would be a "mistake" for the electoral college to vote for Biden when they meet on December 14th.
"If you do that, you have made a mistake," said the president.
Trump was combative in his tone during the media event and when asked why he would admit he got visibly angry at a reporter, pointed a finger and said, "I am the President of the United States. Never talk to the president like that. & # 39;
In his 25-minute back and forth with the media, Trump did not fully admit his loss and insisted that his legal arguments be brought forward. He argued he had time to the inauguration – which is 55 days away – but admitted that it is ticking fast.
Repeating unproven conspiracy theories about voting machines converting his votes to Biden, he complained that the election was "rigged" and claimed that Biden only got his 80 million vote record through "massive fraud".
President Donald Trump said Thursday it was "very difficult to get the election through" but admitted that in due course he would leave the White House for Joe Biden
Trump is trying to beat election results by going to court in battlefield states, but his legal cases have gone nowhere. States are about to confirm their results and the electoral college will meet in about two weeks to name the winner.
"Time is not on our side," the president admitted.
And when Trump was asked if he would go to Biden's inauguration on January 20, he replied, “I don't want to say that yet. I mean, I know the answer, I'm honest, I know the answer, but I just don't want to say it yet. & # 39;
He warned that "many things will happen between now and January 20th" and that the election results have a "long way to go".
His last hope could be January 6, 2020 when Congress meets to officially approve the results of the electoral college.
However, the transition process has already started. The General Services Administration, led by a Trump appointee, announced this week that federal agencies and the Biden Transition Team could begin communications. The elected president begins naming his cabinet.
Trump wouldn't say whether he would attend rival Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20
In his remarks on Thursday, Trump reiterated a conspiracy theory advocated by members of his legal team that voices from Dominion Voting Systems machines lost votes for him or switched votes from him to Biden.
Dominion said there is no problem with their machines and there is no evidence of what Trump is claiming either.
"We are using computer equipment that can be hacked," complained the president of the election.
“We are like a third world country. We have machines that no one knows what the hell they're seeing. I mean, you look at all the mistakes you've made, ”he said.
"That choice was a scam just so you can understand that this choice was a scam," he said.
He said there was evidence of what he was talking about on the internet.
“When you look, just look it up on the internet somewhere. You are going to see many, many people experimenting with this stupid machinery. Wherever you broadcast it in a certain way, Trump's votes go to Biden, ”Trump said.
President Donald Trump asked his first questions from reporters on Thursday after the election
President Trump made his remarks after speaking to U.S. troops on Thanksgiving
President Trump started his Thanksgiving Day with a round of golf
And he challenged Biden's voting results.
"I know Joe Biden didn't get 80 million votes," he said. "The only way it got 80 million votes is through massive fraud."
The current number of votes is: 80,045,066 (51%) for Biden and 73,897,658 (47%) for Trump. In addition, Biden has 306 votes to Trump's 232.
The president spoke to reporters after holding a Thanksgiving conference call with troops overseas.
“You really have to look at what's going on. You find huge discrepancies in the votes and no one believes these numbers are wrong numbers, ”he said of the vote count.
He did not provide any evidence to support his claim. State officials said they found no evidence of election fraud in November.
“I thought I was going to win it, and basically I won it. It's very, very close, it's very, very close, ”he said.
The election results are not close. Biden has 306 votes and only needs 270 to win the presidency.
Trump played shyly when asked about his own Thanksgiving plans for his last one at the White House, saying he couldn't say which was first or last. He added that it could be the "first of a second term".
President Trump said he would go to Georgia on Saturday, December 5, to promote Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue
And he criticized Biden for pushing the formation of a new government.
"I think it's not right for him to try to choose a cabinet," Trump said of Biden.
He also refused to talk about the next presidential contest, which staff members said he was considering entering.
"I don't want to speak to 2024 yet," he said.
In particular, Trump complained about results in states he won in 2016 but lost to Biden in November, specifically calling out Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Georgia.
"You will find tens of thousands of false ballots," he promised.
He claimed that Pennsylvania voters who tried to vote were told they had already won, he won in Wayne County, Michigan, but then recruiters said they would not certify for him, claiming there were "tremendous ones Discrepancies "in Wisconsin, and blamed Democrat Stacey Abrams for his loss in Georgia.
Trump accused Abrams, who worked on voter registration in Georgia, of collecting votes. "Ballot harvest," as it is called, is when a third party gathers a person's legal vote and turns them into state officials. The practice is legal
“You can't harvest,” said Trump.
He also railed against Georgian Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger, a Republican who cited a handcensus by the state that confirmed Biden's victory as an "enemy of the people".
"I understand the secretary of state who is really an enemy of the people, the secretary of state and whether he is Republican or not," complained Trump.
Georgia officials are doing another recount at Trump's request.
Biden was the first Democrat to promote the state of Georgia since 1992, and many Democrats owed Abrams' turnout in the state his victory there.
Trump travels to Georgia on Saturday, December 5, to promote Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. The two candidates are in a runoff on January 5th. Republicans must win both seats to retain control of the Senate.
The president said he spoke to them about his concerns about the Georgia vote.
"I told you today, I heard you have a fraudulent system, you have a one-touch system, or putting in a new chip can change the course of history," he said.
President Trump blamed Democrat Stacey Abrams for his loss in Georgia
Trump called Georgian Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, an "enemy of the people" – Raffensperger conducted a hand census that confirmed Biden's victory
President Donald Trump called a hearing in Pennsylvania at which attorney Rudy Giuliani brought election fraud charges on Wednesday
In Pennsylvania, Trump is trying his legal team to stop certifying the state's 20 electoral votes for Biden.
Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney leading the charges in attempting to overthrow the election, testified Wednesday at a Republican-led hearing at which Trump implored GOP officials in the state to find out he won Pennsylvania.
& # 39; That choice needs to be flipped. We've won a lot in Pennsylvania, and we've won a lot in all of these swing states, ”Trump said over a cell phone his attorney Jenna Ellis held up to a microphone.
Trump also tried to undermine the results in Michigan. He met with two state lawmakers in the White House to discuss the election.
Despite his best efforts, the two men said they saw no evidence that would change the fact that Biden won their state.
"We have not yet received any information that could change the outcome of the Michigan elections. As lawmakers, we will obey the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan's voters as we said during these elections." Senate majority leader Mike Shirkey and Michigan House spokesman Lee Chatfield said in a joint statement following their meeting with President Trump last week.
In Wisconsin, Republicans filed a lawsuit on Tuesday asking the state Supreme Court to block certification of presidential election results as a recount is in progress. The state is due to confirm its results on Tuesday, December 1st.
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