United States of America President Donald Trump has said he will leave the White House if the Electoral College certifies Joe Biden as the winner of the November 3 presidential election.
This is the closest the United States president has come to conceding the contest after weeks of his campaign team refusing to recognise Joe Biden as the outright winner of the presidential race.
Responding to a question after a Thanksgiving videoconference with members of the US military on Thursday, on whether he will leave office if President-elect Biden officially wins the Electoral College vote, Trump said:
Certainly, I will. Certainly, I will. And you know that.
Trump, however, declined to say whether he would attend Biden’s inauguration, scheduled for January 20.
He said he intends to hold a rally in the US state of Georgia on December 5 in support of two Republican Senate candidates there.
The result of those election runoffs will decide which party gets a majority in the US Senate.
Major news agencies called the race for Biden earlier this month, saying Barack Obama’s former deputy had secured 306 Electoral College votes compared with Trump’s 232.
A candidate must gain 270 electoral votes to win the presidency.
Meanwhile, Electoral College voters, known as electors, are scheduled to meet on December 14.
Traditionally, electors mostly vote based on the outcome of the presidential race in their states.