Wednesday, 25 Nov 2020

Trump's security officials fear he won't respect election outcome

Donald Trump’s own national security team is worried he will refuse to accept a Biden win, as top officials prepare to take action.

Democratic nominee Biden is currently closing in on the White House, with one forecaster already declaring him the next President of the United States.

The president has showed no signs of conceding, accusing the Democratic Party of trying to ‘steal’ the presidency with ‘illegal votes’ – despite no evidence to suggest foul play.

US officials have spent the past few days tracking disinformation about the vote count and are planning how to handle a situation in which Trump chooses to not respect the decision of American voters.

One senior official said they are ‘clear-eyed’ about the possibility of this happening. They told the Daily Beast: ’Based on what we saw today on Twitter and elsewhere… there’s a chance that things get even worse and we have to be prepared.’

There is currently no firm plan in place but one of the options would see the FBI or the Department of Homeland Security make a public statement reaffirming the integrity of the results.

Dan Coats, the former director of national intelligence under Trump, said: ‘The result will be what the result is.

’Candidates can say whatever they want to say but in the end it’s the facts that matter. The winner wins and the loser hopefully understands that with grace and accepts the loss.’

Trump’s advisors have reportedly given him differing advice, as Biden increases his leads in key states Pennsylvania and Nevada.

A top aide allegedly told Fox News on Friday that the president ‘may ultimately concede’ – but it would not be in the near future.

A spokesperson for Biden has warned ‘the United States government is capable of escorting trespassers from the White House’, as the former businessman is yet to commit to a peaceful transfer of power.

However, top Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow believes he will ‘abide by the rule of law’.

Speaking on CNBC, he said: ‘I think there will be a peaceful transfer of power. I think the markets have been remarkably calm and resilient and actually rather bullish these past six months… 

‘This is a great country, this is the greatest democracy in the world, and we abide by the rule of law and so will this President.’

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