President Donald Trump makes the closest remarks toward conceding when asked what he will do if the Electoral College votes for Biden, while also announcing deliveries of a COVID-19 vaccine will begin next week and more.
Trump says will he leave the White House if electoral college votes for Joe Biden
During a press call with reporters on Thursday, President Donald Trump made the closest thing to a concession yet as he replied to reporters asking him ‘if the Electoral College declares Joe Biden the winner, will he leave the White House on January 20,’ The Hill reported.
“Certainly I will,” Trump replied, “and you know that.”
“If they do, they made a mistake,” Trump added. “It’s going to be a very hard thing to concede.”
Trump says COVID-19 vaccine deliveries could begin next week
During a Thanksgiving holiday message to U.S. troops overseas via teleconference on Thursday evening, President Donald Trump said deliveries of a coronavirus vaccine could begin as early as next week, Fox reported.
“The whole world is suffering and we are rounding the curve,” Trump said. “And the vaccines are being delivered next week or the week after.”
Trump said that front-line workers, medical personnel, and senior citizens would be the vaccine’s first recipients when distributed.
Trump referred to the vaccines as a “medical miracle,” and also said that presumptive President-elect Joe Biden should not receive credit for the vaccines.
“Joe Biden failed with the swine flu, H1N1, totally failed with the swine flu,” Trump said. “Don’t let him take credit for the vaccines because the vaccines were me and I pushed people harder than they’ve ever been pushed before and we got that approved and through and nobody’s ever seen anything like it.”
Pennsylvania judge halts election certification, hearing on Friday
Pennsylvania state court Judge Patricia McCullough issued an injunction Wednesday blocking any potential further certification of election results in the state, pending a hearing to be held Friday, Fox reported.
The ruling comes in a case alleging that a state law allowing for no-excuse absentee voting violated the Pennsylvania constitution, which outlines specific cases where absentee voting is allowed.
“[T]o the extent that there remains any further action to perfect the certification of the results of the 2020 General Election … for the office of President and Vice President of the United States of America,” Judge McCullough wrote. “Respondents are preliminarily enjoined from doing so, pending an evidentiary hearing.”
Dem leaders call Trump’s pardon of Michael Flynn “brazen abuse of power”
A number of democratic leaders, particularly those who pressed for impeachment, are lambasting President Donald Trump for his pardoning of former national security advisor Michael Flynn.
“President Trump’s pardoning of Michael Flynn, who twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his dealings with a foreign adversary, is an act of grave corruption and a brazen abuse of power,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said in a statement. “Trump is again using the pardon power to protect those who lie to cover up his wrongdoing.”
“Donald Trump has repeatedly abused the pardon power to reward friends and protect those who covered up for him,” House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) tweeted. “This time he pardons Michael Flynn, who lied to hide his dealings with the Russians. It’s no surprise that Trump would go out as he came in — Crooked to the end.”
“This pardon is undeserved, unprincipled, and one more stain on President Trump’s rapidly diminishing legacy,” House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said, Fox reported.