USA TODAY’s coverage of the 2020 election and President-elect Joe Biden’s transition continues this week as he rolls out more of his picks for top jobs in his administration. With the final vote counts certified, the Electoral College will meet in statehouses across the U.S. Monday where the 538 electors will cast the ballots making Biden’s victory official.
President Donald Trump has cleared the way for Biden’s team to use federal resources and get briefings during the transition, although Trump has yet to formally concede the race.
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Trump says Biden would be ‘illegitimate’ president
President Donald Trump still won’t say whether he will attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
“I don’t want to talk about that,” Trump said in an interview broadcast Sunday on “Fox & Friends.”
Trump instead focused on his protests against the election in the brief interview taped Saturday in West Point, New York, right before the Army-Navy football game.
While reciting baseless claims of organized voter fraud, Trump suggested that Biden would not be a legitimate president. “I worry about the country having an illegitimate president, that’s what I worry about,” he said.
The president also attacked the Supreme Court and other judges for rejecting his team’s claims of voter fraud. He criticized Attorney General William Barr for not announcing before the election that Biden’s son Hunter is under investigation for tax issues. He protested media coverage of the election.
“It’s not over,” Trump told Fox. “We keep going. And we’re going to continue to go forward.”
Meanwhile, members of the Electoral College meet Monday to certify Biden’s win. Trump told Fox he doesn’t know how that vote will affect his protests.
“I don’t know,” he said. “We’re going to speed it up as much as we can.”
“Were this any other human being, it would be incredible,” tweeted attorney George Conway, co-founder of an anti-Trump organization called the Lincoln Project. “But it’s not. It’s classic @realDonaldTrump, the worst narcissistic psychopath the country’s political life has ever seen, but who we’ve gotten to know all too well.”
– David Jackson