More than three weeks after Election Day, and weeks after news outlets called the race for Biden, Trump has still refused to concede. He tweeted Monday night that he “will never concede” to Biden, who is projected to win 306 Electoral College votes — 36 more than he needed to win the presidency.
The president’s remarks came just days after a key federal agency told Biden it would make resources available for his transition into the White House.
As Trump spoke, Biden, his successor, delivered a formal Thanksgiving address from Wilmington, Delaware.
“This is the moment where we need to steel our spines, redouble our efforts, and recommit ourselves to the fight” against the coronavirus, Biden said. “Let’s remember, we’re all in this together.”
“So hang on. Don’t let yourself surrender to the fatigue,” Biden said, addressing a nation weary of pandemic restrictions but facing a huge spike in cases.
“I know we can and will beat this virus. America is not going to lose this war. We’ll get our lives back, and life is going to return to normal, I promise you,” said Biden. “This will not last forever.”
The Biden transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNBC on Trump’s broadside.
The president-elect is expected to travel to his family home in Rehobeth, Delaware, later this afternoon.
Meanwhile, Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, made an unannounced visit to DC Central Kitchen, a food bank that is planning to serve at least 10,000 meals on Thanksgiving Day.