WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said that he would leave the White House if Electoral College confirms Joe Biden’s victory in the November 3 election.
Trump has so far refused to fully acknowledge his defeat, though last week — with mounting pressure from his own Republican ranks — he agreed to let Biden’s transition process officially proceed.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2020
Asked if he would leave the White House if the Electoral College votes for Biden, Trump said: “Certainly I will. Certainly, I will. And you know that.”
“It’s going to be a very hard thing to concede because we know there was massive fraud,” Trump added.
The Electoral College, which determines the White House winner, will meet next month to formalise Biden’s victory.
What are the “electoral” votes?
In the United States, a candidate becomes president by securing the most “electoral” votes rather than by winning a majority of the national popular vote. Electors, allotted to the 50 states and the District of Columbia largely based on their population, are party loyalists who pledge to support the candidate who won the popular vote in their state.