Jared Kushner has reportedly approached President Donald Trump about conceding the election to Joe Biden. According to CNN, Kushner has talked with the president since media outlets declared Biden the winner.
Kushner is the senior advisor and also son-in-law to Trump. The outlet said they had sources within the White House that confirmed a meeting happened recently. CNN also said First Lady Melania Trump reportedly asked her husband to step down. According to the source, “she has offered it as she often does.”
Despite these reports, Trump’s campaign spokesman Jason Miller denied Kushner spoke with Trump about stepping down. In a tweet, Miller wrote, “This story is not true. Given undetermined electoral outcomes in multiple states and serious voting irregularities and lack of transparency in others, Jared has advised @realDonaldTrump to pursue all available legal remedies to ensure accuracy.”
This story is not true. Given undetermined electoral outcomes in multiple states and serious voting irregularities and lack of transparency in others, Jared has advised @realDonaldTrump to pursue all available legal remedies to ensure accuracy. https://t.co/O8XgClHQMi— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) November 8, 2020
Donald Trump Refuses to Concede the Election
According to CNN, there’s been no communication between Biden and Trump or their representatives since media outlets called the election. Several media outlets declared Biden as the projected President-Elect after his lead increased in Pennsylvania. That state gave Biden the required 270 electoral votes to become the 46th U.S. president.
The Associated Press declared Biden the victor today (Nov. 7). Several media outlets such as CNN, USA TODAY, ABC, and CBS followed in declaring Biden the winner. Media outlets project the Democratic candidate to win Pennsylvania after increasing his lead to 34,558 votes. That state pushes Biden to 273 electoral votes, three more than needed to become president.
Following Election Day, Trump has insisted there was widespread voter fraud at play. It’s a viewpoint he’s also doubled-down on in the past 24 hours. As a result, the Trump campaign released a statement promising to explore all available legal options.
“The simple fact is this election is far from over,” Trump said in the statement. “Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states. Let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts. Or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor. Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.”