With that, the president turned and left the briefing room, followed closely by Vice President Mike Pence. Neither Trump nor any other official responded to the stream of questions shouted out from the White House press corps.
“Mr. President, are you going to concede?” were among the questions reporters asked as Trump walked away. “Sir, why not concede for the good of the country, sir?”
Trump has made just a few in-person appearances since Election Day, and during them has taken no questions from reporters. He was scheduled to appear again later Tuesday afternoon in the Rose Garden, where he and first lady Melania Trump are set to present the national Thanksgiving turkey, a White House tradition.
Trump has falsely claimed he won reelection, and on Monday night tweeted he “will never concede.” He also repeated multiple conspiracy theories that his legal team have cited in arguing, without evidence, that he was the victim of widespread electoral fraud.
But the lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign in key swing states have not focused on fraud. Rather, those suit have sought to block states from certifying the results of their elections by arguing, among other claims, that swaths of ballots should be discarded from final vote tallies.
None of those cases lodged by the Trump campaign or its allies have succeeded in invalidating ballots. And four battleground states — Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania — in recent days have certified their election results, which were all Biden wins.