New Delhi: With US President Donald Trump’s prevalent refusal to accept the results of the 2020 US presidential elections, his circle of close confidants is beginning to corrode, as Jared Kushner and first lady Melania Trump advised him to come to terms with President-elect Joe Biden’s victory and his adult sons pressed him and allies to keep fighting.

According to a report in CNN – Kushner, the President’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has approached him to concede.

Some separate sources familiar with the said conversations revealed that Melania has privately told him to come to terms with his defeat and move on.

Meanwhile, urging allies to ‘continue pressing on’, Trump’s two adult sons, Donald Jr. and Eric have pushed Republicans as well as supporters to publicly reject the results even as CNN and other news organizations projected the race reaping well for Biden on Saturday.

Three sources familiar with the matter told CNN on Sunday evening said that Trump’s campaign is to plan a ‘messaging blitz’ to raise its argument, that the President’s second term is being ‘stolen from him through corrupt vote counts in battleground states’, an argument which lays unsubstantiated by any evidence to date.

‘The goal of the effort is to raise enough doubt about the results that secretaries of state in battlegrounds feel pressure to open investigations or call on their own for recounts — something that would prolong the process and potentially give the campaign more time to advance its litigation through the courts’ it said.

Sources also told CNN that the President, who was at his golf course in Sterling, Virginia on Saturday when the race was called, has ‘not denied the outcome of the election privately even as he does so publicly’.

But he’s continuing to push his attorneys to pursue legal challenges that would delay formal certification of the results, and he has made no public indication that he is ready to accept the results of the election.

Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller in a tweet Sunday morning denied that Kushner has approached Trump, although CNN stands by its reporting.

“This story is not true,” said Miller. “Jared has advised @realDonaldTrump to pursue all available legal remedies to ensure accuracy.”

Trump asserted in a statement from his campaign — moments after CNN and other networks projected that Biden will become the 46th President of the United States — that Biden is “rushing to falsely pose as the winner” and that the race is “far from over.”

 

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