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White House advisers: Trump sees defeat 'on the wall'

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
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White House advisers to US President Donald Trump have said that the lame-duck sees "the writing on the wall" despite what appears to be a madman's attempt to turn the results of the November 3 disputed election.

Trump, who has refused to concede defeat in the 2020 US presidential election, is losing the legal battle launched against his rival Joe Biden.

Two White House advisers told CNN that despite what Trump tweets and says publicly he sees the scoreboard and understands that he has no chance of winning the presidency.

Till now, Trump has been publicly defiant, claiming he beat his Democratic rival.

However, asked whether Trump realizes that he had lost in the election, a close adviser who has been in contact with the president about his legal strategy said Monday: "Yes, he does."
However, he noted that Trump would continue to pursue his legal battle against his rival until the end.

Legal experts say Trump’s election battle ends in two weeks on December 14 when the Electoral College declares the winner of the vote. 

The Trump adviser pointed to the certification in Wisconsin and said, "The writing is on the wall." Without the ability to override the results in a combination of states, not to mention even one state, the adviser said Trump's election challenges were obviously doomed.

Trump is still sounding as if he could still win because he wants to believe it, the adviser continued. But the adviser added Trump is fully aware that he has lost.

Despite Trump's claims, his administration has approved access to transition materials and national security briefings for Biden and his team.

A separate adviser to Trump said the President has understood for some time that it was unlikely he could overturn the election results but that Trump simply does not want to say that out loud. 

Certifying election results is typically a formality, but the process had been the subject of Trump's long-shot attempt to cling onto power. His campaign has unsuccessfully tried to block or delay certification in key states in hopes of overturning Biden's victory through the Electoral College.

Those efforts, though, are nearing an end as states continue to certify their results ahead of the Electoral College meeting on December 14.

Washington Post reported that Trump's post-election behavior resembled that of a mad former British monarch. 

Washington Post reporting describes Trump in denial over his election loss "Like Mad King George".

Trump, whose campaign has raised a fortune for the election activities and a second fortune for post-election lawsuits, claimed he was clinging on to power and fighting his Democratic rival in court on behalf of his supporters, and not for his own benefit. 

Trump claimed he was fighting for the 74 million people who voted for him.

"I'm not fighting for me, I'm fighting for the 74,000,000 million people (not including the many Trump ballots that were 'tossed'), a record for a sitting President, who voted for me!" Trump tweeted.

In the meantime, Trump supporters see "the writing on the wall", as well, giving them a stronger sense of the hard times ahead.

Forty-year-old businesswoman-turned-politician,  Ivanka Trump, is one Trump's strongest supporters, who kept on backing her father till the end.

The senior presidential adviser, who risks losing a lot of money and jail time after her father's near demise, is currently in an “extremely frantic damage control mode”, media reported.

To save whatever she can, the president’s daughter has been trying to spread on social media that the Trump administration was actually not what every American believes to be the worst presidency in the history of the country. 

Media reported that the outgoing first daughter could find herself involved in two separate fraud probes by the New York attorney-general and Manhattan district attorney’s office. The probes were pursuing Trump’s business dealings as head of the Trump Organization. Ivanka was the vice president in her father’s company before joining the White House as presidential adviser.   




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