- President Donald Trump told some aides that he could refuse to leave the White House on Inauguration Day, according to CNN.
- Some of them believe Trump will actually follow through on the threat, the CNN report states.
- A source said, “He is throwing an F-Temp Temperament.” “He’s going to leave. He’s out now.”
- On Monday, a vote from the Electoral College confirmed Joe Biden as president-elect. Trump still refused to accept Biden’s victory.
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According to CNN, President Donald Trump is asked to deny his election debacle and has told some of his advisers that he will not leave the White House on Inauguration Day.
Some believe Trump will actually follow threats to squat in the White House, according to a CNN report published on Wednesday.
“He’s throwing a — angry temper tantrum,” a consultant told CNN. “He’s going to leave. He’s out now.”
It has been nearly six weeks since President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory became clear, and Trump still hasn’t acknowledged his loss.
Some Republicans who accepted Biden’s victory, notably Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, confirmed it this week with a vote by Electoral College.
Trump, however, put forward a claim that Biden stole the election through widespread voter fraud, a theory that his own outgoing attorney general recently said was not supported by the evidence.
CNN reports that Trump has excluded advisers and allies who have tried to get him to accept the loss.
One man, who previously described himself as speaking regularly with Trump, said the president had not returned the call as he tried to get him to evaluate his stance on the results.
The CNN report quoted advisers as saying that Trump began accepting his losses privately at the end of last month, but then changed his mind and genuinely believed he was robbed of the election .
“They have been given so much misinformation that I think they think the thing was actually stolen from them,” a consultant for Trump told CNN.
Several sources who spoke with CNN said that Trump had made it clear to his staff that he did not want to talk about whether he would attend Biden’s swearing-in ceremony.
People close to him said that he felt it was very unlikely that he would leave.
Business Insider reached the White House for comment on the CNN report but received no immediate response Thursday morning. The White House declined to comment to CNN.