Exclusive: ‘I’m not leaving: New book reveals Trump has pledged to stay in the White House New President Joe Biden will take over, according to information provided to CNN from a book that appeared by reporters Maggie of the New York Times Haberman.
“I’m not leaving,” Trump told an aide, according to Haberman.
“We’re never leaving,” Trump told another. “How can you leave when you’ve won an election?”
Trump’s insistence that he will not leave the White House, which has not been previously reported, adds new details to the tumultuous post-election period in which Trump refused to accept his defeat and numerous attempts efforts to overturn the election results leading up to January. On 6, 2021, the attack on the US Capitol by pro-Trump rioters.
Haberman’s book, “The Confident Man: Donald Trump’s Creation and America’s Disruption,” will be released in October
The book’s revelations come as Justice Department and U.S. House of Representatives investigators probe Trump’s refusal to give power after the 2020 election. Follow-up hearings and final report in This fall, while federal investigators recently served subpoenas for several former Trump aides.
Haberman, a CNN political analyst, has covered Trump for The New York Times since the 2016 presidential campaign. Her stories have made her a frequent target of Trump on Twitter.
Haberman writes that after the November 3 election, Trump appeared to concede that he had lost to Biden. He asked his advisors to tell him what went wrong. He comforted a counselor by saying, “We did our best. Trump told junior press aides, “I think we’ve got it,” seemingly almost embarrassed by the outcome, according to Haberman.
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But at one point, Trump’s mood changed, Haberman wrote, and he abruptly informed his aides that he has no intention of leaving the White House at the end of January 2021 for Biden to move in.
He was even heard asking Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, “Why should I leave if they stole it from me?”
Trump’s oath to refuse to leave the White House has no historical precedent, Haberman writes, and his statement leaves his aides uncertain about what he might do next. The closest possible parallel was Mary Todd Lincoln, who remained in the White House for nearly a month after the assassination of her husband, President Abraham Lincoln, the author notes.
Publicly, Trump denied questions about whether he would leave office. On November 26, 2020, a reporter asked him if he would leave the White House if the Electoral College voted for Biden. “Sure I will, and you know it,” Trump replied, as he continued to spread lies about election theft.
A longtime New York reporter who has worked for both of the city’s tabloids, Haberman writes that Trump’s post-election period is reminiscent of his efforts to recover from the situation. financial hardship three decades earlier, during which he tried to keep all options open. as long as he can.
But Trump couldn’t decide on a path to follow after their defeat in 2020. Haberman writes that he asked almost everyone about the options that lead to success – including the servant giving Diet Cokes when Trump pressed the red button on his oval office.
Reports provided to CNN from the forthcoming book also reveal new details about what those around Trump are doing following an election defeat he refuses to accept. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was reluctant to confront Trump about the loss, according to Haberman.
When encouraging a group of aides to come to the White House and brief the then president, Kushner was asked why he didn’t join them himself. Trump’s son-in-law compared it to dying in bed, Haberman wrote.
“The priest came later,” said Kushner.
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