Donald Trump 'told to CONCEDE election' by Jared Kushner as his aides start blame game
DONALD Trump has reportedly been urged to concede the election by Jared Kushner as a "black mood" falls over the White House.
Kushner is reportedly at the center of a blame game by top Trump aides who believe the 39-year-old adviser bares the ultimate responsibility for losing the election to Joe Biden.
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Trump remains defiant as he tweeted in all capitals yesterday "I WON" and continues to claim widespread fraud despite not offering any evidence.
Ivanka's husband Kushner, who is one of Trump's closest aides, finally went to the president and told him to concede the election, reports CNN.
It ends speculation about who would be the one to tell the President it was time to stop the denial and begin a peaceful transition of power to Biden.
White House sources however claimed Kushner is now in the firing line of Trump's team who are scrambling to piece together reasons for the defeat as street parties erupted in Democrat-leaning cities across the US.
Biden meanwhile held a victory speech as he vowed to "heal America" and told Republicans to give him "a chance" so he he can "unify and not divide".
Kushner is seen as the de facto chief of staff in the Trump team and was the brains behind the re-election campaign.
He is a constant presence at the President's side, and has been with him since the election results starting rolling in on November 4.
"The only constant in this campaign, from Day One, to the very last day, was Kushner," a Trump ally told The Washington Post.
"So if the president wins, Kushner deserves credit, but if he loses, Kushner deserves the blame."
It had been speculated that Kushner and Ivanka were considered the two most likely figures in Trump's inner circle to urge him to concede.
The president's mood was "black" as he headed golfing before all major networks called the election for Biden, a White House adviser told The Wall Street Journal.
Hallie Jackson, MSNBC’s White House correspondent, said: "I had one person close to the White House tell me, 'No one is willing to tell King Lear the truth'."
Sources close to Donald Trump have claimed he may “never” formally concede the elections, reports The Associated Press.
The President however is expected to “grudgingly” vacate the White House at the end of his term, the agency reported.
His ongoing efforts to paint the election as unfair are seen both as an effort to soothe a bruised ego and to show his loyal base of supporters that he is still fighting.
That could be key to keeping them energized for what comes next – with Trump now facing a fight to keep control of the Republican Party heading into 2024.
Trump's team however are scrambling to work out what went wrong, with Donald Trump Jr's girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle also drawing flack, reports Politico.
Guilfoyle ran the campaign's fundraising operation, but Trump was outpaced by Biden in the final weeks of the campaign.
The campaign struggled to stay on the airwaves as coffers ran dry, despite the President's aggressive push with a marathon tour of large scale rallies.
Trump aides blasted her operation as "underperforming" and a "HR nightmare" – describing her as having a "lack of professionalism".
Others in the administration have however stepped up to defend Kushner, suggesting without him that the result would have been much worse.
"The expectation was the campaign would beaten by a large margin and, thanks to the infrastructure Jared set up, it came down to a few thousand votes in a few states," an official told DailyMail.com.
Trump is not expected to invite Biden to the White House for the traditional meeting between incoming and outgoing presidents as Barack Obama did for him on November 10, 2016.
The campaign is attempting to mount legal challenges after casting doubt on the trustworthiness of mail in ballots without evidence, and said in a statement yesterday the election "isn't over".
Trump's adult sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, have also urged their father to keep fighting and challenged Republicans to stand with them.
Other political allies and White House officials, however, have pressed Trump to change his tone and commit to a smooth transition, reports AP.
They have emphasized to him that history will be a harsh judge of any action he takes that is seen as undermining his successor.
And they have advised him to deliver a speech in the coming week pledging to support the transition.
Biden, 77, gave a triumphant speech as he reached out to Trump voters by saying it was "time to listen to each other again" and "give each other a chance".
At a rally in his home town in Delaware, Biden said: "I pledge to be a president who does not seek to divide, but unify. Who doesn't see red states and blue states, but United States."
In a veiled attack on Trump, he urged Americans to reject "demonization" and let the country's "better angels" prevail.
Biden continued: “I sought this office to restore the soul of America, to rebuild the backbone of this nation – the middle class – and to make America respected around the world again and to unite us here at home."
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