Trump Says He’ll Give Up Power If Electoral College Backs Biden

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    President Donald Trump said he’ll relinquish power if the Electoral College affirms Democrat Joe Biden’s win, but he signaled he may never formally concede defeat, and may skip the Democrat’s inauguration.

    Trump fielded questions from reporters on Thursday for the first time since his election defeat, speaking at the White House after a Thanksgiving teleconference with members of the military.

    He rehashed for about 25 minutes a series of allegations his legal team has so far made but provided little or no evidence for — and thus hasn’t raised in court appearances — while saying flatly that Biden couldn’t have received 80 million votes from the American people.

    The defiant and occasionally conspiratorial exchange in the White House’s diplomatic room included a brief acknowledgement of the reality facing him. When Trump was asked if he’d physically leave the building if the Electoral College affirms Biden’s victory, he replied, “certainly I will, and you know that.”

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    The United States Electoral College is the group of presidential electors required by the Constitution to form every four years for the sole purpose of electing the president and vice president. Each state appoints electors equal in number to its congressional delegation. Federal office holders cannot be electors.

    Of the current 538 electors, an absolute majority of 270 or more electoral votes is required to elect the president and vice president. If no candidate achieves an absolute majority there, a contingent election is held by the United States House of Representatives to elect the president, and by the United States Senate to elect the vice president.

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