Donald Trump news: Has Donald Trump conceded yet? President paves way for Biden

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President Trump has remained cooped up in the White House in the weeks following official calls of the election in Joe Biden’s favour. The President-Elect has spent his time following the vote putting together his administration. Mr Trump continues to dispute the Democrat’s victory, and he recently came close to conceding the race.

Has Donald Trump conceded yet?

Since his loss earlier this month, Mr Trump’s only regular public announcements have come via Twitter.

The President has continued to dispute the results in several states and has enlisted a legal team to convey unfounded claims of voter fraud.

As such, he has not conceded but came closest to doing so last week.

His administration finally authorised Mr Biden’s transition to the presidency.

Emily Murphy, the administrator of the General Services Administration, began the process last week.

She said she “was never directly or indirectly pressured by any executive branch official including those who work at the White House”, but Mr Trump tweeted he had recommended Ms Murphy do so.

Although the move paves the way for a Biden White House, the President continued to insist his case against the election would “prevail” in the same tweet.

He said: “Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail!

“Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same.”

The President has since claimed he will leave the White House when electors formalise his win.

He told reporters “Certainly I will. And you know that.”

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But he didn’t seem to expect Electoral College representatives would do so.

Mr Trump added: “If they do, they’ve made a mistake.”

Those who know Mr Trump believe he will never accept defeat.

Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter for Mr Trump’s book The Art of the Deal, said he would eventually need escorting out of the White House.

He told the BBC the President would need to hold on to his “delusional” ideas and refuse to concede.

Mr Schwartz said: “He can’t concede because to concede for him is to accept that he is a failure and that is an intolerable thing for him.

“He is either a success or a failure. He either dominates or he submits.

“He has to keep this delusional idea alive that he was cheated.”

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