Donald Trump still hailing election success but aides say he knows he's beaten
Donald Trump has sent another tweet hailing his success in last week’s presidential election – although he is said to have privately conceded defeat. The President of the United States wrote Thursday: ‘Now 73,000,000 Votes!,’ a reference to the number of ballots he has so-far received.
Trump’s total is the second-highest in US election history, although it still falls far short of the 77 million votes cast for Joe Biden, which ultimately helped the former vice president win this year’s contest.
Shortly afterwards, Trump shared a tweet from a supporter claiming a postal worker had come forward with claims of electoral fraud in Pennsylvania, and captioned it ‘Rigged election!’
Trump has also since retweeted 11 tweets hitting out at his old favorite network Fox News, after it called the state of Arizona early for Joe Biden.
The president’s team were said to be incandescent with rage with the conservative network for boosting their rival’s morale, although Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch declined to rescind the prediction.
And despite Trump’s continued claims of electoral fraud and vote rigging, some White House aides say he privately accepts that he has lost – although he will never publicly admit it.
A White House source told NBC News: ‘Even Trump realizes that the likelihood of the result changing is almost zero.’
The president is said to be maintaining appearances for the sake of his supporters.
He has so far refused to congratulate Joe Biden, invite him to the White House, or allow him access to top-secret intelligence briefings given to presidents, bucking the traditions of his predecessors in the wake of an election.
Biden has branded Trump’s behavior ‘an embarrassment’ and says his team is preparing to take over the White House with or without the support of Trump.
Explaining Trump’s likely strategy to exit the White House, an aide said: ‘He’ll acknowledge the results and that we’ll never know how accurate they are. But we’re not there yet.’
The president’s continued popularity among his Republican party has also sparked suggestions he could launch another White House run in 2024, with Trump himself said to be mulling over the idea.
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