Donald Trump says he'll leave White House if Electoral College confirms Joe Biden's victory
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Donald Trump says he'll leave White House if Electoral College confirms Joe Biden's victory

DONALD TRUMP says he'll leave the White House if and when the Electoral College formalises Joe Biden's presidential election victory.

He stressed that confirming such a result would be "a mistake" - reiterating his claims that he election was subject to voter fraud - but insisted, for the first time, that he would go peacefully if prompted by the Electoral College.

When asked if he would leave the White House building once Joe Biden's presidency officially begins on January 20, Trump replied: "Certainly I will. But you know that".

"This has a long way to go," he added.

"It's gonna be a very hard thing to concede, because we know there was massive fraud, [and] time isn't on our side."

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The Electoral College will meet on December 14 to certify the result of the election once all states have officially submitted and confirmed their vote counts.

Last week, the Trump administration effectively gave the green light for the transition of power to the Biden administration to begin, despite the fact that Trump is still trying to challenge the result of the election in the courts.

But Trump needs to lodge a legitimate and successful challenge before December 8, otherwise the Electoral College will go forward with their confirmation.

When asked if he would be attending Biden's inauguration, Trump said that while he knew what his answer was, he wouldn't be telling reporters.

He also hinted that even if he leaves the White House in January, he will never formally concede the office.

Despite this, there were signs that Trump was starting to come to terms with his loss. He urged reporters not to congratulate Biden or give him credit for the impending coronavirus vaccines which are due to be released in the coming weeks.

"Don't let him take credit for the vaccines because the vaccines were me, and I pushed people harder than they've ever been pushed before," he said.

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