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The coverage of the United States TODAY for the 2020 elections and the transition of President-elect Joe Biden continues this week as countries certify the counting of their votes. President Donald Trump has not yet backed down the race, but this week his administration cleared the way for Biden’s team to have access to federal resources and briefings during the transition.

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Trump says he will “certainly” leave the White House after Electoral College votes for Biden

President Donald Trump admitted for the first time on Thursday that he would leave the White House if Electoral College voted – as he wanted – to make Democrat Joe Biden the next president, but said it would be “very difficult” to give up the race.

“I will certainly do it, and you know it,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday, when asked if he would leave the presidency after Biden was formally elected by voters. Taking questions from reporters for the first time since losing November. Three elections for Biden, Trump used the advent of Thanksgiving to level out a new round of baseless allegations of voting fraud, arguing without evidence that Republicans were “robbed.”

Although he said he would continue to fight the result in countries like Pennsylvania and Michigan, Trump’s remarks were the first time he acknowledged the need for a peaceful transfer of power. States must validate their votes before the Electoral College meeting on December 14 – many have already done so – and resolve all challenges to the outcome by December 8.

Trump, who emerged as part of an annual holiday tradition of speaking to U.S. troops, said he still did not want to say whether he would attend Biden’s inauguration.

The president also said he plans to return to the trail of the election campaign soon to help Republicans running in two critical run-offs. Trump said he was likely to campaign for Georgia Sense on Dec. 5. Kelly Lofler and David Purdue.

“It will be very difficult to admit,” Trump told reporters when asked what he would do if Electoral College chose Biden.

“If they do, they have made a mistake,” Trump said of the result.

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The offers thank the front line workers who are fighting the COVID pandemic

President-elect Joe Biden and future First Lady Jill Biden said in a message to Americans on Thanksgiving that although 2020 has been a heightened challenge for many across the country and families may fail to reunite as usual, there are still what to thank for.

“We will overcome this together, even if we have to be separated,” Bidens wrote in a post published by CNN on Thursday.

They acknowledged families who would have an “empty chair” during the holiday because they had lost a loved one to the virus or because they would be moving away socially to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Bidens celebrate in Rehoboth Beach, Del., With a smaller group of people rather than with their usual family reunion in Nantucket.

“These moments with our loved ones – the lost time can not be returned. And yet we know that the price is to protect each other and the one we do not pay for ourselves. Isolated in our own dining rooms and kitchens, scattered from coast to coast, we treat together, ”said Bidens.

The two thanked key workers in the coronavirus pandemic, including health workers, teachers, grocery store employees and scientists working on treatment and vaccines.

“Most of all, we are grateful for the faith and trust we have been given to continue to serve this beautiful, courageous, complex nation as your future president and first lady,” they said.

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President Trump expected to spend Thanksgiving at the White House

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump and the first lady will spend Thanksgiving at the White House for the first time since he began his term as president, instead of at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.

It is uncertain whether the change in the situation is due to the growing number of coronavirus cases or the turbulence in its administration after the election loss.

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The day before Thanksgiving, he offered a contrast between President-elect Joe Biden and Trump, who has not yet recognized the election, and said there had been birds play.

On Wednesday, Trump told a group of Republicans in Pennsylvania that the election was a “fraud” and wrongly claimed to have won the mainland on the battlefield.

Trump spoke to the group, which included Pennsylvania, his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, over a loudspeaker after canceling earlier plans to attend in person.

President-elect Joe Biden called on Americans to remain patient with the Coronavirus vaccine through Thanksgiving and called for unity.

“[The virus has] divide us, anger us, set us against each other, “Biden said. I know the country is tired of fighting. But we must remember: We are fighting the virus, not each other. “

Shortly afterwards on Wednesday, Trump said on Twitter that he had pardoned former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with a Russian ambassador before Trump’s inauguration.

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White House proclamation calls on Americans to “come together”

President Donald Trump’s annual proclamation calls on Americans to “get together” for the holiday, although his own agencies and federal public health officials have warned against it as COVID-19 cases jump.

Issued by the White House office on Wednesday night, the last line of the proclamation reads: “I encourage all Americans to gather in homes and places of worship to offer a prayer of thanksgiving to God for our many blessings.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has asked Americans not to travel and to limit gatherings to those in immediate households to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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In numerous interviews, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading expert on infectious diseases, expressed concern that the festivities could further increase the rate of coronavirus transmission. He advises Americans to abandon their big traditional vacation plans.

Presidential holiday proclamations are usually cursory statements issued by the White House, and a similar language has been used in the past.

Despite calls to come together, the proclamation included sections on the ongoing pandemic, reading: “This year, as our nation continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic, we have reunited to meet the challenges we face. And nodded to the first responders and medical professionals.

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