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Biden campaign says US govt is ‘capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House'

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US President Donald Trump departs after speaking about his list of potential Supreme Court nominees in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on September 9, 2020 in Washington, DC.
  • In response to reports that US President Donald Trump plans to refuse to concede the 2020 election, the Biden campaign on Friday suggested the American president could be escorted from the White House.
  • "The United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House," a Biden campaign spokesperson said. 
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Joe Biden's campaign on Friday said that the US government is "perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House" in response to reports that American President Donald Trump will not concede.

"As we said on July 19th, the American people will decide this election. And the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House," Andrew Bates, a spokesperson for Biden's campaign, said in a statement.

Trump has falsely claimed victory in the election multiple times this week, and baselessly suggested that the contest is being stolen from him. The US president has provided no evidence to support his allegations of fraud but has mounted legal challenges in battleground states, including Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Georgia, to halt ballot processing. 

The Trump campaign on Friday morning rejected the notion that Biden won. 

"This election is not over. The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from final," the campaign said in a statement. "Biden is relying on these states for his phony claim on the White House, but once the election is final, President Trump will be re-elected."

The president and his campaign have spread disinformation on the election throughout 2020. For months, Trump made unfounded assertions that increased access to mail-in voting — prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic — would lead to widespread voter fraud. 

Trump also refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power prior to Election Day, threatening to break from a hallmark of American democracy.

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