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US election results 2020 – latest: Biden to meet with Covid-19 task force today as Trump plans protest rallies

Donald Trump plans to restart campaign-style rallies to boost support for his unfounded claims the US election was stolen from him, even as his advisers and personal lawyer were clashing behind the scene about whether he should simply concede defeat.

Joe Biden, meanwhile, plans to convene a Covid-19 task force meeting today with former top officials. He and Kamala Harris have named coronavirus as one of four top issues to address in their transition to power.

During his victory speech in Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday night, Mr Biden reached out to Mr Trump’s supporters, urging: “Let’s give each other a chance and stop treating each other like enemies. We are not enemies. We are Americans. This is the time to heal.”

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Trump busily tweeting overnight

Donald Trump tweeted a series of video clips over the last few hours. He was clearly up late.

They are extended clips from Fox News’ coverage of the election results – but the partisan opinion stuff, not the news. One of the videos is of Steve Hilton, formerly the “blue-sky-thinking” adviser to David Cameron, Britain’s ex-PM.

At least two of the clips echo the president’s own tweets on this subject, complaining that the election has been called in favour of Joe Biden by the news media. This happens every election and is based on projections of how votes still to be counted will fall.

In Mr Trump’s 2016 victory, the Associated Press called the election in his favour at 2.29am Eastern Time on 9 November. 

Jon Sharman9 November 2020 07:36

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Biden to convene Covid-19 task force today

Joe Biden is to meet with a Covid-19 advisory team today as he ramps up transition planning.

Coronavirus is one of the four main issues he and Kamala Harris have pledged to focus on first.

The Covid-19 panel is led by former surgeon general Vivek Murthy and David Kessler, the former Food and Drug Administration commissioner.

As part of a public campaign to cast doubt on the election results, he is planning to hold rallies to build support for his baseless claims that the vote was stolen from him, campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said.

Jon Sharman9 November 2020 07:15

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ICYMI: Turmoil over whether Trump should concede at the White House

Reports have painted a picture of a White House in turmoil following President Donald Trump’s defeat in the 2020 US elections.

It remained unclear how Mr Trump has responded to conversations about his concession, or if Mr Meadow was successful in encouraging the president to consider eventually conceding to Mr Biden. It was reported Mr Meadows tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, before news broke projecting Mr Biden as the official winner of the 2020 elections.

Some of the president’s legal advisers have released public statements of support for the president in his legal battles, including Jenna Ellis, a hired counsel for the Trump campaign who tweeted on Sunday: “I just spoke with President Trump and told him I love him and am so proud of him for standing firm for the rule of law, the Constitution, and our American system. Every legal vote must be counted fairly and accurately, regardless of the outcome.”

Chris Riotta9 November 2020 03:51

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ICYMI: Trump reportedly set to hit the road with campaign-like rallies

President Donald Trump is taking his temper tantrum on the road.

After losing in his re-election bid to President-elect Joe Biden, new reports indicate Mr Trump will be holding campaign-like rallies in states across the country while battling the electoral process in the courts.

The president will display alleged obituaries of deceased voters and claim ballots were cast in their names during the 2020 US elections, Axios reported on Sunday, just before Mr Trump was set to give his first TV interview since losing the election.

Here’s my latest.

Chris Riotta9 November 2020 03:53

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Daily Guidance for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris

From the wires: On Monday, November 9, in the morning, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will receive a briefing in Wilmington, Delaware from the transition COVID-19 advisory board, which will include a photo spray.

After, President-elect Biden will deliver remarks on his plans to beat COVID-19 and build our economy back better, which will be pooled press.

In the afternoon, President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will hold briefings with transition advisors.

Chris Riotta9 November 2020 04:17

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Romney predicts Trump will eventually ‘accept the inevitable’ that Biden won election

John Bennett writes: Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Donald Trump, despite having a “relaxed relationship with the truth”, will eventually “accept the inevitable” — that Joe Biden is the president-elect.

“The president doesn’t have a choice. People think, ‘Can we remove him from office?’ You don’t have to remove him from office,” Mr Romney said on CNN. “If he does not win on a legitimate basis, he ceases to be the president when Joe Biden is sworn in.”

“You’re not gonna change the nature of President Trump in these last days, apparently, of his presidency,” he said. “He is who he is. And he has a relatively relaxed relationship with the truth and so he’s gonna keep on fighting until the very end.”

Chris Riotta9 November 2020 04:00

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Joe Biden’s moves suggest he will not wait for a Trump concession that might not come

John Bennett writes: President-elect Joe Biden is not waiting on Donald Trump to concede the election, moving ahead with an agenda that includes assembling his own coronavirus task force and addressing the climate crisis.

Chris Riotta9 November 2020 03:48

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More: Melania Trump breaks silence backing husband’s unfounded claims of voter fraud

Louise Hall writes: All six of the president’s tweets in the two threads were flagged within an hour of their publication by the platform. Four of the tweets show a warning which reads “this claim about election fraud is disputed” while the other two displayed: “Learn how voting by mail is safe and secure”.

Louise Hall writes: All six of the president’s tweets in the two threads were flagged within an hour of their publication by the platform. Four of the tweets show a warning which reads “this claim about election fraud is disputed” while the other two displayed: “Learn how voting by mail is safe and secure”.

Chris Riotta9 November 2020 03:44

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Melania Trump backs husband’s claims of voter fraud

Melania Trump has broken her silence on Twitter in the wake of Joe Biden’s election victory, backing Donald Trump’s unfounded claims of electoral fraud, Louise Hall writes. 

“The American people deserve fair elections. Every legal — not illegal — vote should be counted. We must protect our democracy with complete transparency,” the first lady tweeted on Sunday.

More to come…

Chris Riotta9 November 2020 03:42

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George W Bush congratulates ‘good man’ Biden on beating Trump

George W Bush has given a statement extending his “warmest congratulations” to president-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris.

A statement released on Sunday said the former Republican president had “just talked to the president-elect of the United States” and thanked him “for the patriotic message he delivered last night”.

“Though we have political differences, I know Joe Biden to be a good man, who has won his opportunity to lead and unify our country,” Mr Bush said.

Chris Riotta9 November 2020 03:40