- According to CNN, President Trump has reportedly told a number of aides that he could refuse to leave the White House on inauguration day.
- Few of them believe Trump will actually push through with the threat, the CNN report added.
- “He’s going into a tantrum,” said a source. ‘He is leaving. He just lashes out. ‘
- On Monday, the Electoral College voted to make Joe Biden president-elect. Trump still refuses to acknowledge Biden’s victory.
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President Donald Trump has denied his election loss and, according to CNN, has told several of his advisers that he will not leave the White House on inauguration day.
Few believe Trump will actually follow up on his threats to crack into the White House, according to CNN’s report released Wednesday.
“He’s going into a tantrum,” an adviser told CNN. ‘He is leaving. He just lashes out. ‘
It’s been nearly six weeks since President-elect Joe Biden’s election was called, and Trump has still not acknowledged his loss.
Some Republicans who delayed recognition, most notably Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, acknowledged Biden’s victory this week after the Electoral College confirmed it.
However, Trump continues to argue that Biden stole the election through widespread voter fraud, a theory that even his own outgoing attorney general said is unsupported by evidence.
CNN reports that Trump has frozen advisers and employees who have tried to make him accept the loss.
One, who said he spoke to Trump regularly, says the president has not called back since trying to get him to reevaluate his stance on the results.
According to the CNN report, Trump had started to accept his loss privately late last month, but then changed his mind again and truly believes he was deprived of the election.
“He’s gotten so much misinformation that I think he really thinks this thing was stolen from him,” a Trump adviser on the president told CNN.
Multiple sources speaking with CNN said Trump has made it clear to staff that he does not want to talk about whether or not to attend Biden’s swearing-in ceremony.
People close to him told the outlet that they thought it was highly unlikely that he would go.
Business Insider reached out to the White House for comment on the CNN report, but did not receive an immediate response Thursday morning. The White House declined to comment on CNN.