US Election 2020 results LIVE – Trump 'refuses to go to Biden's inauguration'

DONALD Trump fumed that he would not attend President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration in January, reports said on Saturday.

Sources told the Daily Mail: "He is in fighting mode and is saying Biden would be a phony President and that he won’t turn up on January 20 as that would be an insult to democracy."

Meanwhile, triumphant Joe Biden promised to unify and "restore the soul of America" as he delivered a stirring victory speech at a rally in his home town in Delaware. 

The 77-year-old reached out to Donald Trump‘s voters by saying it was "time to listen to each other again" and "give each other a chance".

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  • Niamh Cavanagh


    The future of Donald Trump’s wall along the southern border with Mexico looks unlikely to be completed now that Joe Biden is poised to be the next president.

    Trump had made his promise of building a wall to stop the flow of illegal immigration a key pledge as part of his presidential campaign in 2016.

    In June Biden said: “There will not be another foot of wall constructed under my administration,” in an interview during the virtual annual conference of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.  

    He added: “I’m gonna make sure that we have border protection, but it’s going to be based on making sure that we use high-tech capacity to deal with it and at the ports of entry — that's where all the bad stuff is at.”

    It looks likely that the construction of the wall will continue until the end of the year but seems it will not be completed once Biden is officially installed in the White House.

    However, while construction is likely stop next year it is unclear if the parts that have been built will be torn down.

    While some of his rivals for the Democrat presidential vote pledge to knock it down Biden has given no promises over tearing it down.

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    Melania Trump is “counting every minute” until Donald leaves the White House and she can divorce him, a former aide claims.

    The outgoing First Lady, 50, is reported to regard their 15-year marriage as over and is waiting only for Joe Biden's inauguration in January before making it formal.

    Fired White House aide and The Apprentice star Omarosa Manigault Newman is certain they will split, reports the Mail on Sunday.

    She said: “Melania is counting every minute until he is out of office and she can divorce.

    “If Melania were to try to pull the ultimate humiliation and leave while he's in office, he would find a way to punish her.”

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    The vice president-elect is sworn into office first.

    They will be followed by the president who takes the oath of office:”I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States.”

    The president will then give an inaugural address, outlining his plans for the their term.

    After the ceremony, the president and vice president will attend a luncheon in National Statuary Hall that includes speeches, gifts and toasts.

    The format used today began in 1953 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife and 50 other guests of the joint committee dined on creamed chicken, baked ham and potato puffs in the Old Senate Chamber.

    Then it’s on to the parade and inaugural balls.

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    Candace Owens has expressed dismay at Donald Trump fans being branded as “racist bigots and xenophobes” as she lashed out at stereotypes.

    The Conservative activist slammed the media for portraying President Trump – who she insists gave a “voice to the voiceless” and hope for the American Dream – as an “enemy.”

    In an op-ed published in the Mail Online, the 31-year-old wrote: “Those who privately supported him were reduced to uneducated, red-neck hicks – the toothless type who drink beer on their porch and marry their first cousins.

    “For those who dared to venture their support for Trump in public, far worse characterizations were reserved.

    “They were racist bigots, xenophobes unfit to see the light of day in a civilized society.

    “So where do such insulting illustrations leave Americans like me?”

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    On January 20, 2021, Inauguration Day will see the Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris sworn in as president and vice president at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C.

    Visitors to the Capitol and the White House in October would have noticed preparations underway for the ceremony while Joe Biden and Donald Trump were campaigning.

    Low-flying helicopters were swooping around town as part of beefed-up security precautions.

    The Architect of the Capitol is currently busy constructing the inaugural platform from scratch.

    The platform traditionally holds more than 1,600 people, including the president and vice president, members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, and the outgoing president and vice president.

    Bleachers above the platform hold 1,000 further visitors.

    The view from the West Front stretches the length of the National Mall, where Americans from around the country gather to catch a glimpse of history.

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    America's new president is always inaugurated on January 20, the year after the election has taken place.

    President elect Biden will be sworn in on January 20, 2021.

    This is a date set by the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, meaning it's enshrined in law.

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    Michelle Obama ripped President Donald Trump by claiming “dignity, competence and heart” will return to the White House under the Biden Administration.

    Barack and Michelle Obama each issued lengthy statements of congratulations to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for their “historic and decisive” election win amid “hate, chaos and division.”

    “I’m beyond thrilled that my friend @JoeBiden and our first Black and Indian-American woman Vice President, @KamalaHarris, are headed to restore some dignity, competence, and heart at the White House. Our country sorely needs it,” Michelle Obama wrote on Twitter.

    Michelle Obama, in her Twitter thread, also thanked voters for hitting the polls — which saw astronomical turnout during the 2020 US Presidential Election.

    “And after we celebrate — and we should all take a moment to exhale after everything we’ve been through — let’s remember that this is just a beginning. It’s a first step. Voting in one election isn’t a magic wand, and neither is winning one,” Michelle Obama said.

    She continued: “Let’s remember that tens of millions of people voted for the status quo, even when it meant supporting lies, hate, chaos, and division. We’ve got a lot of work to do to reach out to these folks in the years ahead and connect with them on what unites us.”

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    Kim Kardashian has thrown her support behind Joe Biden's election win – despite husband Kanye West's failed presidential campaign.

    The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star shared a photograph of Biden and vice-president Kamala Harris stood in front of a US flag on Instagram and Twitter.

    he 40-year-old completed the post with a trio of blue hearts, seemingly representing the Democratic party win.

    Kim, who regularly encouraged her fans to vote throughout the election process, was joined by her famous sisters in the celebrations.

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    Joe Biden brought his son, Hunter, on stage during his Saturday victory speech, just weeks after an email scandal jeopardized the campaign.

    Hunter appeared onstage with his baby son and the rest of the Biden clan, and the president-elect was seen on video kissing his baby grandson's head.

    The family appeared in great spirits, despite Hunter's recent controversy, after Biden was declared the winner over President Donald Trump in the contentious 2020 election.

    Hunter has been embroiled in controversy over the past month after a hard drive from a laptop that reportedly belong to him was given to Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.

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    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 bears the ultimate responsibility for losing the election to Joe Biden.

    Trump remains defiant as he tweeted in all capitals yesterday “I WON” and continues to claim widespread fraud despite not offering any evidence.

    He is also preparing a raft of legal challenges as his campaign claims the Democrats are trying to “steal” the election.

    Ivanka's husband Kushner, who is one of Trump's closest aides, however is said to have finally gone to the president and told him to concede, reports CNN.

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    The mum of Harry Dunn says she has “renewed hope” for justice from U.S president-elect Joe Biden.

    Harry, 19, was killed in a crash involving American Anne Sacoolas in Northamptonshire, UK, in August 2019.

    “I've got some renewed hope from Mr Biden getting in but I'm aware we've still got work to do,” Mrs Charles told Sky News.

    “I hope that because he's got personal experience of having lost two children that he'll understand properly the pain and suffering and how it rips your life apart.”

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    President Donald Trump fumed that he would not attend “phony president” Joe Biden’s inauguration in January as White House staff lit candles to calm the mood, reports said on Saturday.

    Trump, who learned of his election loss while golfing, has allegedly holed up in the White House feeling cheated by a vote count he feels is fraudulent while staffers have lit rose-scented candles to soften the mood,Daily Mail reported.

    Insiders told the outlet that the mood within the White House remains “manic, exuberant, energized and toxic” as the president and his inner circle chow down on fast food. The source said: “He is in fighting mode and is saying Biden would be a phony President and that he won’t turn up on January 20 as that would be an insult to democracy.”

    The New York Times confirmed that Trump has no plans to deliver a customary concession speech and claimed in a statement that Biden was trying to “falsely pose” as the winner. “The simple fact is this election is far from over,” the president said, according to the Times.

    He continued: “Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.”

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    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban congratulated Joe Biden on his U.S. presidential election victory, an outcome that could complicate ties with Washington after the nationalist leader accused U.S. Democrats of “moral imperialism.”

    Orban said in September a Donald Trump win was his “Plan A” and he had not planned for a Biden presidency.

    The Hungarian premier, in power since 2010, clashed with President Barack Obama's administration, in which Biden served as vice president, over what Orban's critics have described as an erosion of democratic values by his government.

    “Let me congratulate you for a successful presidential campaign. I wish you good health and continued success in performing your exceedingly responsible duties,” Orban wrote in the letter cited by state news agency MTI.

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    Donald Trump has become the 11th president to join the list of one-term presidents who failed to get re-elected after their first term.

    Trump is the first person to join the dreaded club, which started with founding father John Adams, since George H.W. Bush’s loss to Bill Clinton in 1992.

    More on all 11 one-term presidents here.

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    The president’s former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon claimed that Trump would not miss a shot to run for office again if given the chance. 

    Bannon told The Australian: “I'll make this prediction right now: If for any reason the election is stolen from or in some sort of way Joe Biden is declared the winner, Trump will announce he's going to run for re-election in 2024,” he said. 

    “You're not going to see the end of Donald Trump.” Some government officials even suggest that the GOP would not function or “exist” if Trump is not president. 

    “Whether in three days or in three years, the Republican Party will have to grapple with the basic question: Does the GOP exist without Trump? Not his message, not his policies, but Trump himself,” former Trump Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur, who left the GOP after leaving the DOJ, told The Daily Beast on Monday. 

    “It's like asking if the John Wick franchise works without Keanu Reeves,” she added.

    Bryan Lanza, former communications director for the president's transition team, said he can “make a strong case to run again.”

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    Joe Biden is set to announce a 12-member task force on Monday form to help beat the coronavirus pandemic.

    Biden spent much of his election campaign criticizing President Donald Trumps handling of the pandemic, which has now caused the deaths of 237,000 people in America.

    The United States saw a record number of new infections last week, with the total number of cases nearing 10 million.

    The task force will be charged with developing a blueprint for containing the disease once Biden takes office in January.

    It will be headed by three co-chairs, former surgeon general Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration commissioner David Kessler, and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith of Yale University, according to two people familiar with the matter.

    “I will spare no effort – or commitment – to turn this pandemic around,” Biden said in his victory speech on Saturday in Wilmington.

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    Donald Trump has faced mockery after his campaign held a press conference at a local garden center in Pennsylvania.

    In a since-deleted tweet, Mr Trump had said there would be a “big press conference” at the luxury Four Seasons hotel on Saturday.

    However, this was soon corrected, with the hotel itself tweeting: “To clarify, President Trump's press conference will NOT be held at Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia.

    “It will be held at Four Seasons Total Landscaping – no relation with the hotel.”

    Four Seasons Total Landscaping, on State Road, Philadelphia, is situated next to Fantasy Island Adult Books and Delaware Valley Cremation Centre.

    In a new post, Trump himself later confirmed the conference would be held at the landscaping center, but ultimately it was his lawyer Rudy Giuliani who spoke to reporters at the scene.

    And to add further insult, Giuliani was informed by reporters on the scene that “all” the networks had now called the election for Biden.

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    Donald Trump ally Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban congratulated Joe Biden on his election victory amid fears of complicated relations between the US and Hungary

    It comes afterthe nationalist leader accused the Democrats of “moral imperialism.”

    Orban, who said in September a Donald Trump win was his “Plan A” and he had not planned for a Biden presidency, has been at loggerheads with the European Union over his anti-immigration campaigns.

    He has also moved to impose more state control on the judiciary, non-governmental organisations, media and academics.

    The Hungarian premier, in power since 2010, clashed with President Barack Obama's administration, in which Biden served as vice president, over what Orban's critics have described as an erosion of democratic values by his government.

    Orban, who faces what promises to be a tough election in 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic and a weaker economy, congratulated Biden in a letter, the Hungarian leader's media officer, Bertalan Havasi, said in a statement.

    “Let me congratulate you for a successful presidential campaign. I wish you good health and continued success in performing your exceedingly responsible duties,” Orban wrote in the letter cited by state news agency MTI.

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    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to be one of the first world leader's to share a phone call with president elect Joe Biden.

    Foreign secretary Dominic Raab said there had been contact between the Government and the successful Democratic campaign and confirmed he expected the Prime Minister to phone Mr Biden “shortly”.

    It comes after reports that Mr Johnson is “war -gaming” his first conversation with the next incumbent of the Oval Office.

    The PM is preparing to offer to build a coalition with the US to tackle climate change and join up on their shared mantra to “build back better” after coronavirus.

    But there could be work to do for Downing Street to prepare the relationship, however, after an aide of former president Barack Obama labelled the Prime Minister a “shapeshifting creep” following Mr Johnson's tweet on Saturday.

    Tommy Vietor, referencing Mr Johnson previously suggesting Mr Obama's “part-Kenyan heritage” was behind his “ancestral dislike of the British empire”, said: “We will never forget your racist comments about Obama and slavish devotion to Trump.”

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    Vice president elect of the United States Kamala Harris tells president-elect Joe Biden “we did it” in a video showing the moment they won the election.

    Harris is seen on the phone with Biden laughing as she proudly says “we did it, we did it Joe.”

    With signature aviators made famous by her running mate, Harris proudly exclaims “You're gonna be the next president of the United States.”

    Immediately she starts laughing as she walks off, her smile stretching from ear to ear.

    News of Pennsylvania going for Biden spread across social media almost immediately as people gathered in the streets and began celebrating Biden's win.

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