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US Election 2020 LIVE: Trump in drive-by greeting to supporters marching on Washington as he refuses to concede

DONALD Trump made a drive-by appearance as his supporters gathered in Washington, DC, today to back the president’s election-recount efforts.

The pro-Trump demonstrations in Washington and other cities featured a mix of the president's backers, far-right personalities and members of the Oath Keepers militia and Proud Boys.

Organizers have given the rallies various names, including the Million MAGA March, the March for Trump and Stop the Steal. 

MAGA is an acronym for the Trump campaign slogan "Make America Great Again." Trump has tweeted his support.

The extent of Joe Biden's victory became clear yesterday as news organisations called the states of Arizona and Georgia for him, after holding back initially as the last votes were tallied, while North Carolina was called for Mr Trump.

Follow our US Election 2020 blog for the latest news and updates

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    PRESIDENTIAL PAYOUT

    Life after the White House may not be so bad for Donald Trump — with the president reportedly set to earn up to $2million per talk on a potential speaking tour.

    Trump would “easily command” more than $1million per speech in the US and abroad, and his booking fee could reach $2million overseas, people who help celebrities land such deals told TMZ on Saturday. 

    He would likely talk at Republican and conservative events and be a big hit, given he won more than 72 million votes in the election, industry experts said.

    Trump’s first hypothetical talks abroad could be in countries where he has friends, such as Israel and Russia, according to the media outlet.  

    Besides massive speaking engagement payouts, Trump could get additional perks like first-class accommodations and golfing trips where he speaks, TMZ reported. 

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    LOUD AND PROUD

    The Proud Boys were spotted in Washington, DC as a “Million MAGA March” in support of Donald Trump kicked off Saturday morning.

    Trump himself made an appearance from inside a vehicle at the march and waved to his supporters who were protesting the results of the 2020 election.

    The Proud Boys, who often wear polo shirts and gear with a distinctive logo, were captured in social media video marching in a group along Freedom Plaza.

    Reports on social media claim the group kicked the morning off with a “F**k Antifa” chant.

    Trump's supporters organized the event to protest Joe Biden's projected win in the 2020 presidential election.

    The president has repeatedly stated that he believes the election was “stolen,” even filing lawsuits for recounts in several states.

  • Patrick Knox

    TRUMP LOYALISTS MARCH IN WASHINGTON TO CONTEST VOTE RESULT

    Thousands of Donald Trump supporters rallied in Washington on Saturday, with the president making a drive-past in his motorcade as he sticks to discredited claims that mass fraud denied him election victory.

    Marchers close to the White House greeted Trump's brief drive-by appearance with wild cheers, waving and whistles, holding signs and flags saying “Best prez ever,” “Stop the steal” and “Trump 2020: Keep America Great.”

    Several thousand people had gathered by noon on the city's Freedom Plaza, with more still arriving from all sides, waving flags and shouting “Four More Years” in a festive atmosphere reminiscent of a Trump rally.

    With right-wing militia group the Proud Boys also among those rallying, a large security presence was deployed in the capital to prevent clashes with anti-Trump events scheduled outside the Supreme Court.

  • Patrick Knox

    TRUMP ‘COULD EARN $2M PER SPEECH AFTER LEAVING WHITE HOUSE’

    He would “easily command” more than $1million per speech in the US and abroad, and his booking fee could reach $2million overseas, people who help celebrities land such deals told TMZ today.

    He would likely talk at Republican and conservative events and be a big hit, given he won more than 72 million votes in the election, industry experts said.

    Trump’s first hypothetical talks abroad could be in countries where he has friends, such as Israel and Russia, according to the media outlet.

    Besides massive speaking engagement payouts, Trump could get additional perks like first-class accommodations and golfing trips where he speaks, TMZ reported.

  • Patrick Knox

    THE ELECTION CYCLE

    While Trump was out visiting his supporters, president-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden were taking a bike ride through Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Delaware.

    He has been staying at a vacation home in Rehoboth Beach while working on his transition

  • Patrick Knox

    TRUMP GRINS IN CAR WINDOW DURING SURPRISE VISIT TO SUPPORTERS

    He was doing a surprise visit at a MAGA Million March for Trump in Washington DC.

    Right-wing militia groups such as the Proud Boys also planned to hold rallies, prompting a large security presence in the capital to prevent clashes with separate anti-Trump events that were scheduled outside the Supreme Court.

    Marcher Darion Schaublin, 26, who drove to Washington from Columbus, Ohio, said: “The whole system's rigged… in the way that the information is getting to the people, it's filtered through these channels that makes it so that the truth never actually gets out.

    “There is a good chance… he is not going to have a second term — and I'm not sure of the legitimacy of that.”

  • Patrick Knox

    PICTURED: TRUMP SUPPORTERS BEGIN COME OUT FOR MARCH

    This image was taken from within the motorcade of US President Donald Trump as it drove past supporters holding a rally in Washington, DC. today.

    They are backing Trump's claim that the November 3 election was fraudulent.

  • Patrick Knox

    TRUMP’S NEW US DEFENSE CHIEF TELLS TROOPS 'TIME TO COME HOME'

    Newly appointed Pentagon chief Christopher Miller signaled Saturday that he could accelerate the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and the Middle East, saying, “It's time to come home.”

    “All wars must end,” Miller, named acting defense secretary by President Donald Trump on Monday, said in his first message to the US armed services.

    He said that the US is committed to defeating Al Qaeda, 19 years after the September 11 attacks on the United States, and is “on the verge of defeating” the group.

  • Patrick Knox

    PROSECUTORS ASK BARR TO RESCIND MEMO ON US VOTE COUNTING IRREGULARITIES

    They are asking Attorney General William Barr to rescind a memo issued earlier this week that instructed them to publicly investigate “substantial” allegations of vote counting irregularities, saying they have not seen the unusual activity, the Washington Post reported.

    The 16 assistant US attorneys specially assigned to monitor the presidential election this month also said Barr's Monday memorandum had thrust prosecutors into partisan politics and that the policy change was not based in fact, according to the Post, which saw a copy of the letter.

  • Patrick Knox

    TRUMP SKIPS SOUTHEAST ASIA SUMMIT FOR THIRD YEAR IN A ROW

    President Donald Trump skipped a summit with his Southeast Asian counterparts for the third year in a row today, with rival China set to expand its influence with a massive free trade deal in the region.

    National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien said Trump regretted he was unable to attend the online summit with the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, but stressed the importance of ties with the region.

  • Patrick Knox

    GOP LEADERS IN 4 STATES QUASH DUBIOUS TRUMP BID ON ELECTORS

    Republican leaders in four critical states won by President-elect Joe Biden say they won't participate in a legally dubious scheme to flip their states electors to vote for Donald Trump.

    Their comments effectively shut down a half-baked plot some Republicans floated as a last chance to keep Trump in the White House.

    State GOP lawmakers in Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have all said they would not intervene in the selection of electors, who ultimately cast the votes that secure a candidate's victory. Such a move would violate state law and a vote of the people, several noted.

    Rusty Bowers, Arizona's Republican House speaker, said: “I do not see, short of finding some type of fraud, which I haven't heard of anything, I don't see us in any serious way addressing a change in electors.”

    The idea loosely involves GOP-controlled legislatures dismissing Biden's popular vote wins in their states and opting to select Trump electors. While the endgame was unclear, it appeared to hinge on the expectation that a conservative-leaning Supreme Court would settle any dispute over the move.

  • Patrick Knox

    FAUCI ‘NOT ADVISING BIDEN, SEES NO REASON TO QUIT TRUMP NOW’

    In a Reuters interview, Dr Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease expert, said he has had no contact with President-elect Joe Biden's coronavirus transition team and sees no reason to quit to join that effort when there is so much to do now to fight the surging pandemic.

    He said: “I stay in my lane. I'm not a politician. I do public health things.”

  • Patrick Knox

    ‘PREPARING FOR OFFICE’

    Biden officials said they would press forward with the transition, identifying legislative priorities, reviewing federal agency policies and preparing to fill thousands of jobs in the new administration.

    Jen Psaki, a senior adviser to Biden's transition team, said on a conference call that Biden still needs “real-time information” from the Trump administration to deal with the resurgent pandemic and national security threats.

    Psaki urged Trump's White House to allow Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to receive daily intelligence briefings on potential threats around the world.

    She said: “With every day that passes on, it becomes more concerning that our national security team and the president-elect and the vice president-elect don't have access to those threat assessments, intelligence briefings, real-time information about our engagements around the world.

    “Because, you know, you don't know what you don't know.”

  • Patrick Knox

    ‘TRUMP ISN’T PLOTTING… HE JUST WANTS A FAIR FIGHT’

    Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera, a Trump confidant, said he had spoken to the president by phone on Friday and that Trump had given him the impression that he would follow the US Constitution and surrender his office after every vote was counted.

    “He told me he's a realist. He told me he would do the right thing,” Rivera said in an interview with Fox.

    “I got no impression that he was plotting the overthrow of the elected government. He just wants a fair fight.”

  • Patrick Knox

    BIDEN SOLIDIFIED HIS ELECTION VICTORY WITH GEORGIA WIN

    It comes as President Donald Trump said “time will tell” if another administration takes office soon, the closest he has come to acknowledging that Biden could succeed him.

    Edison Research, which made the Georgia call, also projected that North Carolina, the only other battleground state with an outstanding vote count, would go to Trump, finalizing the electoral vote tally at 306 for Biden to 232 for Trump.

    The numbers gave Biden, a Democrat, a resounding defeat over Trump in the Electoral College, equal to the 306 votes Trump, a Republican, won to defeat Hillary Clinton, a 2016 victory that Trump called a “landslide.”

  • Patrick Knox

    LEFTIE PROGRESSIVES LOOK TO MAKE EARLY MARK ON BIDEN WHITE HOUSE

    Leading progressives are pressuring President-elect Joe Biden to embrace their policy agenda even as more centrist Democrats argue such proposals prevented the party from retaking full control of Congress.

    For now, much of the lobbying centers on who Biden should or should not appoint to key posts as he builds out the administration that will take office in January.

    The left-leaning think tank Progressive Change Institute partnered with more than 40 activist groups and on Friday released a detailed list of 400 progressive policy experts they want Biden to bring on.

    That follows a separate effort from more than half a dozen progressive groups this week that signed letters urging the president-elect against naming anyone with ties to major corporate interests to key Cabinet posts.

  • Patrick Knox

    ‘MILLION MAGA MARCH’

    The pro-Trump demonstrations in Washington and other cities later today are scheduled to feature a mix of the president's backers, far-right personalities and members of the Oath Keepers militia and Proud Boys in a public display of support for his effort to stay in power.

    Organizers have given the rallies various names, including the Million MAGA March, the March for Trump and Stop the Steal. MAGA is an acronym for the Trump campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.” Trump has tweeted his support.

    Some left-wing groups are planning counter-demonstrations in Washington and other cities.

  • Patrick Knox

    ‘THEY WERE JUST SAYING HI’

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a Fox News interview, said world leaders' calls to congratulate Joe Biden were not objectionable, it was “just saying 'hi'.”

    “But make no mistake about it, we have one president, one secretary of state, one national security team at a time,” he said.

    A senior State Department official, asked whether Pompeo would insist to allies that Trump will remain in power, said that the former CIA director has a “broad strategy” in pursuit of US interests and that “he remains the secretary of state.”

    France — which like many US allies had sharp disagreements with Trump on issues from climate change to trade to Iran — is under no illusion that the Republican tycoon will stay in power.

    Macron is receiving Pompeo at the secretary of state's request and “in full transparency with President-elect Joe Biden's team,” a French official said, adding that contacts with Biden are “established and operational.”

  • Patrick Knox

    BIDEN FACES TOUGH CHOICE OF WHETHER TO BACK VIRUS LOCKDOWNS

    He faces a decision unlike any other incoming president: whether to back a short-term national lockdown to finally arrest a raging pandemic.

    For now, it's a question the president-elect would prefer to avoid.

    In the week since he defeated President Donald Trump, Biden has devoted most of his public remarks to encouraging Americans to wear a mask and view the coronavirus as a threat that has no regard for political ideology.

    But the debate has been livelier among members of the coronavirus advisory board Biden announced this week.

    One member, Dr. Michael Osterholm, suggested a four- to six-week lockdown with financial aid for Americans whose livelihoods would be affected.

    He later walked back his remarks and was rebutted by two other members of the panel who said a widespread lockdown shouldn't be under consideration.

  • Patrick Knox

    US TOP DIPLOMAT ARRIVES IN FRANCE ON TOUCHY 7-NATION TOUR

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Paris today at the start of a seven-country tour of Europe and the Middle East.

    The trip is certain to be awkward since all the nations on his schedule have congratulated Joe Biden for his victory in the U.S. presidential race.

    It is aimed at shoring up the priorities of the outgoing administration of President Donald Trump.

    It will include visits to Israeli settlements in the West Bank that have been avoided by previous secretaries of state.

    French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian noted on Friday the difficult subjects on the table, from the situation in Iraq and Iran, terrorism, the Middle East and China.

  • Patrick Knox

    TRUMP BRIEFLY ACKNOWLEDGES HE MIGHT BE LEAVING THE WHITE HOUSE

    In his first public remarks since Biden was projected as the election's winner, at a White House event, he said: “This administration will not be going to a lockdown.

    “Hopefully the, uh, whatever happens in the future — who knows which administration it will be?

    “I guess time will tell.”

  • Patrick Knox

    TRUMP TV AHEAD OF 2024 ELECTION

    Trump has discussed with advisers possible media ventures and appearances that would keep him in the spotlight ahead of a possible 2024 White House bid, aides said.

    He is considering starting a television channel or social media company to compete with those he felt betrayed him and stifled his ability to communicate directly with Americans, according to several advisers.

    In the near term, Trump is expected to campaign for Republican candidates in Georgia ahead of two January 5 runoff elections that will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.

  • Patrick Knox

    FAILING IN COURT

    Trump has refused to concede to Biden and claims without evidence that he was cheated by widespread election fraud. State election officials report no serious irregularities, and several of his legal challenges have failed in court.

    A Michigan state court on Friday rejected a request by Trump's supporters to block the certification of votes in Detroit, which went heavily in favor of Biden. And lawyers for Trump's campaign dropped a lawsuit in Arizona after the final vote count there rendered it moot.

    Federal election security officials have found no evidence that any voting system deleted, lost or changed votes, “or was in any way compromised,” two security groups said in a statement released on Thursday by the lead U.S. cybersecurity agency.

    To win a second term, Trump would need to overturn Biden's lead in at least three states, but he has so far failed to produce evidence that he could do so in any of them.

  • Patrick Knox

    TRUMP SUPPORTERS HEAD TO THE STREETS AS HE PUSHES FALSE ELECTION CLAIMS

    President Donald Trump's supporters will take to the streets on Saturday to back his unsubstantiated claims of election fraud as he pushes ahead with a flurry of longshot legal challenges to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's victory.

    Trump has made little headway in the courts with his lawsuits and for the first time on Friday he began to sound doubtful about his prospects, telling reporters “time will tell” who occupies the White House from January 20.

    There have been other pro-Trump protests around the country since Biden was projected the winner on November 7, but they have been small and unfolded with few incidents.

    The pro-Trump demonstrations in Washington and other cities are scheduled to feature a mix of the president's backers, far-right personalities and members of the Oath Keepers militia and Proud Boys in a public display of support for his effort to stay in power.

    Organizers have given the rallies various names, including the Million MAGA March, the March for Trump and Stop the Steal. MAGA is an acronym for the Trump campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.” Trump has tweeted his support.

  • Kassidy Vavra

    CUOMO, DE BLASIO ASSURE NEW YORKERS WILL GET COVID VACCINE AFTER TRUMP SAYS STATE WON'T SEE IT

    New York state Gov Andrew Cuomo and city Mayor Bill de Blasio assured New Yorkers they will in fact receive a Covid vaccine when its available, after Donald Trump on Friday said the Empire State would not.

    During a press conference on a covid vaccine, Trump claimed New York wouldn't get the jab “for political reasons.”

    Cuomo shot down the claims in an interview with MSNBC on Friday night.

    “None of what he said is true… surprise, surprise,” Cuomo said.

    He added that New York, like other states, has an independent review board to ensure the vaccine's safe approval.

    “…I then get to go to the people of New York State and say, I know you're worried, don't be worried, this is safe. And then we can actually administer and distribute the vaccine quickly,” Cuomo said.

    Mayor de Blasio also assured that New York residents will get the vaccine, as he took a swing at Trump.

    “The City and the State have developed vaccine distribution plans. We’ll make sure New Yorkers are vaccinated,” de Blasio tweeted.

    “Too bad he won’t do his job. But we know President Biden will.”

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