President Trump Backtracks On Concession, Violence Breaks Out In US

BP World Bureau | Nov 16 2020 01:05:18 PM
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WASHINGTON, US: The US President Donald Trump briefly acknowledged losing the U.S. election but then backtracked by saying that he conceded nothing.

He went on to say that Democrat nominee Biden won only in the eyes of the fake news and that it was a rigged election. 

He also vowed to keep up a court fight though several legal experts said that Trump won't succeed. 

Trump won 232 electoral votes whereas Biden has won 306 electoral votes. 

The Democratic former vice president also won the national popular vote by at least 5.5 million votes

Despite Trump's refusal to concede, President-elect Joe Biden focused on the coronavirus pandemic, setting meetings with vaccine developers.

The General Services Administration still has not recognized him as president-elect, preventing his team from gaining access to government office space.

Some of the congressional Republicans and former members of Trump's administration have also called on the White House to allow Biden's transition team access.

Amidst all this, the US continues to see a violent clash between pro-Trump supporters and counter-protesters. Supporters also propagated that Trump has "won" the election. 

Trump continued to cheer on the pro-Trump supporters. 

What Happens If The President Does Not Concede?

The Trump campaign moved legally to overturn several states claiming voter fraud but failed. 

Attorney-General William Barr has asked the Department of Justice to look into voter fraud. 

Secretary Mike Pompeo promised a smooth transition to a second Trump administration. 

However, election-legal experts said that Trump does not have any advantages. 

Even if Trump doesn't concede, he will be removed from office on January 20, the year after the election. 

As per the US Constitution, the election isn’t official until after the Electoral College votes in December and Congress certifies it.

The Senate counts the Electoral College votes and declares the winner, after which the president has no power. 

As per the Presidential Transition Act in 1963, it frees up funds to the incoming administration, gives them access to federal officials to transition federal agencies, and brings intelligence briefings.