Mr. Trump has said his allies are trying to get back to the Democratic Party to question the legitimacy of his own election.
Mr. Trump has said his allies are trying to get back to the Democratic Party to question the legitimacy of his own election.

Mr. Trump has said his allies are trying to get back to the Democratic Party to question the legitimacy of his own election.

The president’s refusal to accept, as CNN previously reported, came in part from acknowledging the tragedy that Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama overthrew their own president, saying that Russia interfered in the 2016 election and could have had a detrimental effect.
Mr. Trump continues to accuse those he claims were his election officials, pointing to Russia’s meddling efforts, and he suggested it was an unfair game not to recognize Joe Biden as president, even if Clinton accepted the election night in 2016 and the transition could start early.

Mr. Trump is also continuing to inflict the psychological scars of losing his opponent again during the campaign as an unworthy competitor, a victory that would bring shame. Again, he did not appear in public on Thursday, after breaking the first coronavirus prevention committee meeting at the White House in more than six months, a senior official told CNN he was planning to attend the World Economic Cooperation summit on Friday.

Mr. Trump has heard from friends and associations of businessmen who have been urging him to let the transition begin, although he does not want to admit it, another source familiar with the president’s ideas told CNN. His answer: No, you are wrong. “Absolutely wrong,” according to one source.

When Trump was told to get Rudy Giuliani and other members of his legal team out of the case, the president refused. He wants to continue fighting, and people close to the president are also expressing concern that he is buying into Giuliani’s false claims that his legal efforts could change the outcome of the election. He did not show any signs of reversal, although people around him continued to point to the end. The allies have expressed concern that their parties believe the election was rigged by Trump and that Biden has not been briefed on national security.

Friends and members, the source said, they represent the president thinking about the future. They told him he was making trouble for himself, that he would have a hard time getting people to stay at his hotel, or even borrow money if he continued this behavior. He would abuse his brand, they told him. The President thinks that is wrong.

His response was that he had more than 70 million people vote for him, which he thought was a show of power and authority – and should have sent a message to the White House as well. Biden led by nearly 6 million votes, with 306 in favor of Trump’s 232 votes.

“The most important thing we have to remember is that Donald is in a unique position for him,” said the sister of President Mary Trump, author of a memoir on the tragedy of his family life. “He has never lived in a situation where he could not escape the use of other people’s money, the use of cables, the use of power. And not only was he in a unique position, he was also in a losing position, which in my family, of course, as far as my grandfather was concerned, was the worst.”

The source said Mr. Trump was listening to his friends, but the source said the conversation ended quickly because he disagreed. He did not want to hear what he did not believe.

Within the White House, it seems that many have decided to leave this play either because they want to or because they have no choice. Son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is playing it cool, the source said, while Ivanka Trump’s daughter pulled herself out of the affair, CNN reported last week.

Sources say Ivanka is well aware that she has a business that she may want to return to political life, or even political life in the future.

The president, the source said, “do not see” the consequences of all this for the country and for democracy itself. As usual, he focused on himself – not Covid-19, and not change.

Even Mr. Trump has been told not to accept and just let the transition go. It is not registered, at least not yet registered.

In another week or 10 days, this source said, it could be a different story.

But now he is not ready to accept.

Pamela Brown, Kevin Liptak and Katelyn Polantz contributed to this story.