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US election: Trump gives condition to vacate White House

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UNITED States President, Donald Trump, has said that he would relinquish power if the Electoral College affirms Democrat Joe Biden’s win but he signals he may never formally concede defeat.

A Bloomberg report said he declined to say if he would attend Biden’s inauguration next year.

According to Bloomberg, Trump may be ready to break away from this practice which had become customary for an outgoing president.

Asked if he would physically leave the building should the Electoral College affirms Biden’s victory, Trump replied, “certainly I will, and you know that.” But he swiftly maintained that there was “massive fraud and massive rigging” in the election, insisting that the court cases challenging the election outcome will continue.

On whether he would ever acknowledge defeat, Trump said it would “be a very hard thing to concede,” even if the Electoral College confirms Biden’s victory. “If they do, they’ve made a mistake,” he said. “This election was a fraud.”

It will be recalled that Electoral College electors in each state are due to vote on December 14. Certificates recording the electoral vote results in each state must be received by the president of the Senate not later than December 23. But Biden is certified as the winner, or leading, in states totaling 306 electoral votes, well above the victory threshold of 270, while Trump got 232 electoral votes.

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