Former President Donald Trump has repeatedly told his aides in days after losing the 2020 election, he remain in The White House rather than let new President Joe Biden over, according to a report shared with CNN from an upcoming book by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman.
“I just is not going to leave,” Trump said. one assistant, according to Haberman.
“We will never leave,” Trump told another. “How can you leave when you won elections?”
Trump’s insistence that he will not leave the White House, which has not been previously reported, adds new detail to the point of chaos post- election period in that Trump’s refusal to admit defeat and the numerous attempts to cancel the election result resulted in January 6, 2021, attack on US Capitol by pro-Trump rioters.
Haberman’s The Confident Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Gap of America”, produced on The 4th of October.
Revelations from the book come like investigators in The US House of Representatives and the Department of Justice are investigating Trump’s refusal to concede power after the 2020 election, the House Select Committee investigating the events of January 6 plans to more hearings and final report this fall, while federal investigators recently served several former Trump aides with subpoenas.
Haberman, CNN politician’s analyst covered Trump for New York Times since his presidency in 2016. campaign. Her stories made she is a frequent target of Trump’s causticity on Twitter.
Haberman writes that in direct aftermath of In the Nov. 3 election, Trump appeared to admit he lost to Biden. He asked the advisers to tell him what had happened. wrong. He consoled one adviser, saying: “We have made our best”. According to Haberman, Trump told junior press aides, “I thought we had it,” seemingly almost embarrassed by the result.
But at some point, Trump’s mood changed, writes Haberman, and he abruptly told aides that he did not intend to of departure from the White House in end of January 2021 for Biden move in.
He was even overheard asking for a chair of Republican National Committee, Ronna McDaniel, “Why should Will I leave if it was stolen from me?”
Trump’s promise that he would refuse to leave the White House had no historical precedent, writes Haberman, and his statement left assistants are not sure what he can do next. The closest parallel could be Mary Todd Lincoln, who remained in White House for almost a month after her husbandPresident Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, the author notes.
Publicly, Trump dismissed questions about whether he would leave office. On November 26, 2020, he was asked by a reporter if he would leave the White House if the Electoral College voted for him. for Biden. “Of course I will, but you know it,” Trump said. in response as he kept spreading the lie that the elections stolen.
longtime New York reporter who worked for both of in the city tabloids, Haberman writes that Trump post- election period reminded of his attempts to hurt him way back from terrible financial Straits three decades earlier, in which he tried to keep everything options open for while he could.
But Trump couldn’t decide which path to follow after his defeat in 2020. Haberman writes that he asked almost everyone about what options would lead to success – including valet who brought a Diet Coke when Trump pressed the red button on his desk in the Oval Office.
Reporting provided by CNN from an upcoming book also shows new Details on What did those around Trump do? in in aftermath of an electoral defeat that he refused to accept. Trump son-in-Law, Jared Kushner didn’t want to stand up to Trump on loss, according to Haberman.
When he encouraged group of aides to go to the White House and brief the then president, Kushner was asked why he didn’t joining them myself. Trump son-inLowe likened it to a deathbed scene, writes Haberman.
“The priest will come later,” Kushner said.