President Donald Trump has at times told some of his advisers that he will refuse to leave the White House on January 20, according to a new report by CNN.
“In his moments of deepest denial, Trump has told some advisers that he will refuse to leave the White House on Inauguration Day, only to be walked down from that ledge,” CNN reported on Thursday. “The possibility has alarmed some aides, but few believe Trump will actually follow through.”
“He’s throwing a f***ing temper tantrum,” an adviser said. “He’s going to leave. He’s just lashing out.”
The White House declined to comment for CNN’s report.
Trump this week lashed out at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after acknowledging Biden as the president-elect for the first time and commenced an effort to prevent Republicans from waging a last-ditch effort to overturn the will of voters.
CNN’s report continues: “Since Trump lost the election six weeks ago, calls and emails have been flooding into the West Wing from people looking to benefit from the President’s powers of clemency. So inundated is Trump’s staff with requests for pardons or commutations that a spreadsheet has been created to keep track of the requests directed to Trump’s close aides. Trump, who refuses to acknowledge his loss and who officials say is devolving further into denial, has nonetheless been eager to engage on who is requesting what. He’s been handed case summaries to review and, in some instances, has polled his network of associates about whom he should pardon.”
“With the end of his presidency nearing, Trump appears eager to wield his powers before he finds them gone. Unlike practically any other matter related to the end of his presidency, his clemency powers are a topic Trump actually seems to enjoy discussing, one person in communication with the President said, even though it amounts to another tacit reminder that his tenure at the White House is nearly over,” it adds.
Several of Trump’s closest allies have urged him to move on from his efforts to contest the election and begin planning his post-White House political future — including a potential 2024 run. Trump, however, is steadfastly refusing to acknowledge that he lost.