Donald Trump has come closer than ever to admitting defeat in the recently conducted US presidential election, suggesting “time will tell”.
In his first public remarks since his defeat was announced, Trump appeared to catch himself making a slip of the tongue as he discussed the possibility of a Biden administration imposing a national lockdown to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
“Ideally we won’t go to a lockdown,” the president told reporters in the White House Rose Garden. “I will not go – this administration will not be going to a lockdown. Hopefully the – whatever happens in the future, who knows which administration will be.”
“I guess time will tell. But I can tell you this administration will not go to a lockdown.”
Biden was proclaimed the winner of the election last Saturday, a result Trump has refused to acknowledge while launching legal challenges based on unsubstantiated claims of fraud.
The homeland security department on Thursday declared it the most secure election in US history with no evidence of votes being compromised or altered.
There is no evidence of widespread fraud in the election. Officials from both political parties have stated publicly that the election went well, and international observers confirmed there were no serious irregularities.
Trump’s legal team continues to pursue election lawsuits that have gained little traction in the courts.