Trump told to throw in towel by son-in-law Kushner, sources claim amid ‘sore loser’ fears
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Mr Trump dug his heels it yesterday after his Democrat opponent was installed as President-Elect, vowing multiple lawsuits while levelling allegations of voter fraud, without providing any evidence. Earlier today CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins tweeted: “Some news — Jared Kushner has approached President Trump about conceding the election, per two sources.”
Mr Kushner is married to Mr Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka.
The White House has so far refused to comment on the claims – but if accurate, they would tally closely with the suggestion of John Bolton, Mr Trump’s former National Security Adviser, that the billionaire’s relatives would need to persuade him to throw in the towel.
Mr Trump, who has spent months trying to undermine the election results with his unproven allegations, has vowed to press on with a legal strategy which he hopes will overturn state results including Mr Biden’s decisive victory in Pennsylvania.
In a statement issued shortly after the result was called by CNN and others, he said: “The simple fact is this election is far from over.
“Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.”
Privately, Mr Trump’s Republican allies admit he is fighting a losing battle that the former New York businessman’s chances of overturning the election results and staying in the White House were slim.
While preparing for an eventual concession, they called for time to let the legal challenges run their course.
One adviser said: “He should allow the recounts to go forward, file whatever claims there are, and then if nothing changes he should concede.”
The Trump campaign and Republicans have brought numerous lawsuits over alleged election irregularities, although Judges have thrown out cases in Georgia, Michigan and Nevada.
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In Pennsylvania, judges sided with Republicans and ordered some provisional ballots set aside and granted Republican observers greater access to vote counting.
However, legal experts said the legal challenges were far too too narrow in scope to have an impact on the outcome of the election.
Republicans are believed to be trying to raise at least $60 million to fund legal challenges.
Mr Trump was at his golf property in Virginia when the race was called.
Groups of Biden supporters lined two blocks of his motorcade’s route back on Saturday afternoon and he re-entered the White House wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, looking miserable.
A Republican source said: “It will be impossible for him to run again in 2024 if he’s seen as a sore loser.”
Trump ally and Fox News host Laura Ingraham said if and when the time came, he needed to accept an unfavorable outcome with “grace and composure,” while the Wall Street Journal’s conservative editorial board said: “If Mr. Biden has 270 Electoral College votes at the end of the counting and litigation, President Trump will have a decision to make. We hope in that event he would concede gracefully.”
One Trump adviser said White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows would likely be the aide who would raise with Trump the idea of conceding.
Mr Meadows came down with the coronavirus this week and is under quarantine.
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