Donald Trump went golfing as Joe Biden was announced as president-elect.
On his way back to the White House, Trump struck a philosophical tone as he posed with a bride before her wedding day: “Have a great life, right?” Trump said.
While Biden surpassed 270 electoral college votes by winning Pennsylvania, Trump refused to concede the presidential election to Joe Biden, saying the race is “far from over” and promising an intense legal fight.
It is unclear if Trump plans on making public statements today, but his campaign has been on the airwaves promising to lodge legal challenges on Monday to contest the outcome of the election.
Earlier, Trump sparked confusion after announcing three times on Twitter that there will be a “big press conference” held in Philadelphia just as the Associated Press and major news outlets were announcing Biden’s win.
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Trump planning to ‘graciously concede’ and commit to peaceful transfer of power, according to Fox News
Donald Trump plans to “graciously” concede and commit to a peaceful transfer of power if legal challenges fail, sources close to the president told Fox News.
While Trump has refuted the results on Twitter and launched legal proceedings in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Negada, he is privately telling people he’ll walk away if those last-ditch efforts fail.
In public, however, the president has been fighting tooth and nail to hold onto the White House as it slipped away to Joe Biden.
Justin Vallejo8 November 2020 00:16
Trump administration fires three agency heads in wake of US election
The Trump administration has fired the heads of three federal agencies, in the wake of the 2020 US election.
The administration fired Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Bonnie Glick, deputy administrator of the US Agency for International Development, and Neil Chatterjee, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Ms Gordon-Hagerty, who was on Donald Trump’s shortlist to replace former national security adviser John Bolton in 2019, was forced to resign on Friday, according to the New York Post. She was the first woman to oversee the National Nuclear Security Administration.
Republican senator Jim Inhofe, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued a statement on Friday, in which he said that the energy secretary Dan Brouillette “effectively demanded” Ms Gordon-Hagerty’s resignation.
The Independent’s James Crump reports.
Justin Vallejo7 November 2020 23:46
Trump progenies break their silence
There was a deafening void from Trump world for most of Saturday as their response to Joe Biden’s projected election win was left to odd tweet from the family patriarch.
The younger Trumper, Don Junior, broke the silence for a jab at the “mostly peaceful” protests over the summer.
Here is Josh Marcus with a look at what Trump and his family were doing, or rather not doing, in the hours after the election.
Justin Vallejo7 November 2020 23:36
President-elect Biden tees up agenda as Trump mulls his defeat on the green
Joe Biden has ousted Donald Trump as president of the United States after a contentious pandemic-altered campaign of heated rhetoric that further exposed the country’s deep political divisions as a legal fight looms. For the next president, the hard part is still ahead: governing a nation in which 70m people voted for his opponent.
“America, I’m honoured that you have chosen me to lead our great country,” the president-elect tweeted. “The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not. I will keep the faith that you have placed in me.”
In a surreal scene, Mr Trump — who for years criticised then-President Barack Obama’s golf habit — was on the links at his Sterling, Virginia, club when the Associated Press and major US networks called Pennsylvania for Mr Biden. Its 20 Electoral College votes made the former vice president and longtime Delaware senator the president-elect.
The Independent’s Washington Bureau Chief, John T Bennett, looks at a most unusual Saturday in November.
Justin Vallejo7 November 2020 23:26
Twitter immediately flags new Trump tweet that baselessly claims election fraud
Twitter immediately flagged one of Donald Trump’s latest tweets that doubles down — again — on his campaign’s baseless assertions of election fraud.
“This claim about election fraud is disputed,” the social media platform bolted in blue lettering underneath the president’s tweet.
The Independent’s Griffin Connolly is following the developing story as it unfolds.
Justin Vallejo7 November 2020 23:13
Watch: Giuliani mocks election result after being informed that Biden has won at Trump campaign press conference
“Oh my goodness! All the networks. Wow!” said the former New York mayor, sarcastically. “All the networks. We have to forget about the law. Judges don’t count.”
Rudy Giuliani questions legitimacy of Joe Biden election win
As he held a press conference in Philadelphia on Saturday, Mr Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, was informed that Mr Biden had been declared the winner after claiming Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral college votes.
Mr Giuliani threw his arms to the sky and mocked the fact that US news networks had called the election for Mr Biden.
The Independent’s Louise Boyle has more.
Justin Vallejo7 November 2020 22:36
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany pans Biden victory celebrations as ‘super spreader’ events
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany is scolding Joe Biden for withholding comment about the spontaneous mass gatherings popping up all across the country to celebrate his victory over Donald Trump.
From New York to DC to San Francisco, millions of Americans poured onto the streets on Saturday in jubilation as news networks projected Mr Biden would win the 2020 election.
“Where is @JoeBiden calling on the massive Super Spreader events held in his name to end?” Ms McEnany tweeted on Saturday, a reminder that the US is still in the throes of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Independent’s Griffin Connolly reports.
Justin Vallejo7 November 2020 22:31
More than a third of Trump’s tweets have been flagged for disinformation since election day
Since election day, president Trump has thus far tweeted 46 times, and 37 per cent have been flagged by Twitter as misinformation.
Before Joe Biden was eventually declared winner of the election on Saturday, securing Pennsylvania’s crucial 20 electoral college votes, Twitter users have watched the current president attack the integrity of the election for days, stating that illegal ballots are being counted, legal observers are not permitted to watch, and that ballots are missing.
Twitter has been blocking the view of Trump’s misleading tweets with a message that states: “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process”.
Justin Vallejo7 November 2020 22:08
Trump and family silent for hours after Biden wins election
Rapid-fire tweeting has defined Donald Trump’s political career, but since the major networks called the presidential election for Joe Biden, Mr Trump and his inner circle of family members have largely remained conspicuously quiet online for hours.
The president himself reacted a few minutes after the election was called, falsely claiming in a flagged tweet that he won by “a lot”, even though he likely lost the Electoral College by at least 9 votes, and the popular vote by more than 4 million. Since then though, he hasn’t said anything on Twitter.
The Independent’s Josh Marcus reports.
Justin Vallejo7 November 2020 21:45
Trump has emerged (on Twitter) in ALL CAPS!!!!!
To say he received the most (legal) votes EVER for a sitting President!
“THE OBSERVERS WERE NOT ALLOWED INTO THE COUNTING ROOMS. I WON THE ELECTION, GOT 71,000,000 LEGAL VOTES. BAD THINGS HAPPENED WHICH OUR OBSERVERS WERE NOT ALLOWED TO SEE. NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE. MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WERE SENT TO PEOPLE WHO NEVER ASKED FOR THEM!”
Justin Vallejo7 November 2020 22:04