‘Who knows?’ Trump comes close to admitting US election loss during Covid update

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US president Donald Trump came the closest he has yet come to admitting defeat in last week's election as he gave a televised Covid briefing live from the White House.

Trump is now more than 5million votes behind challenger Joe Biden, who has been declared President Elect despite the incumbent's refusal to concede.

But the president appeared to stray very close to admitting Mr Biden had beaten him as he spoke about the possibility of the US entering a national lockdown to combat coronavirus.

"Ideally, we won't go to a lockdown… We, I will not go, this administration will not be going to a lockdown," Trump said as he appeared to lose track of his thoughts momentarily.

"Hopefully the… whatever happens in the future, who knows which administration it will be.

"I guess time will tell, but I can tell you, this administration will not be going to a lockdown, it won't be a necessity.

"Lockdowns cost lives and they cost a lot of problems, the cure cannot be worse than the problem itself."

The President was speaking from the White House Rose Garden in Washington DC, to deliver an update on America's Covid vaccine development, dubbed Operation Warp Speed

And the comments come despite the fact Trump has still not conceded the US election to President Elect Biden, after more than week since polls closed.

Trump continues to insist the election, which he lost by 306 electoral college votes to 232, was rigged.

Neither he nor his campaign has provided any evidence to substantiate claims of widespread electoral fraud.

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And neither he nor Vice President Mike Pence, who also spoke, took any questions from assembled journalists at the end of the briefing.

It has previously been reported that Trump "had a temper tantrum" when he saw votes could start going against him on election night.

The 45th US president and former star of the US Apprentice was reportedly furious and left in a state of disbelief as his early-night lead beginning to slip, a White House insider told CNN’s Jamie Gangel.

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It was Joe Biden's winning performance in Michigan which Gangel's sources claim pushed America's president of the last four years, over the edge.

Gangel said: "A senior official who is normally an ally of the president said that Trump had a temper tantrum last night.

"That he saw that the numbers could start going against him, that he wanted to declare victory while he thought that he was ahead."

This month, the Daily Star Online will be bringing you all the big news, and some of the quirkiest, from 2020's US election. You can read more of our coverage here.

  • Donald Trump
  • Coronavirus
  • US Election

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