President Donald Trump hasn’t answered a question from members of the press since losing the election to Joe Biden.
In the 16 days since the November 3 contest, Trump has appeared in public just three times—and on none of those occasions did he take inquiries from reporters.
His most recent outing was last Friday, when he delivered an update on Operation Warp Speed, which is his administration’s program to develop and distribute a coronavirus vaccine. During the news conference, his first since Biden was projected the winner of the race, the president took credit for a coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and said it could be widely available as soon as April.
“This administration will not be going to a lockdown,” Trump said from outside the White House. “Hopefully, whatever happens in the future—who knows which administration it will be, I guess time will tell, but I can tell you this administration will not go to a lockdown.”
As Trump was leaving the Rose Garden, reporter Brian Karem asked him when he was going to admit he lost the election but got no response.
NOW:He left again. My question: âYou lost the election. When will you admit you lost the election.â He took no questions â¦@realDonaldTrumpâ© pic.twitter.com/LbK3a3to10
— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) November 13, 2020
The president’s other two post-election outings were a press conference on November 5 and a visit to Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day.
During the November 5 briefing, during which Trump discussed ongoing vote counts and alleged that the Democrats were trying to steal the election, he also walked off without taking questions. One reporter asked the president if he was being a “sore loser” as he left the White House briefing room.
Biden was projected the winner on November 7 by multiple news organizations. The former vice president has gained 290 electoral votes, while Trump has trailed behind with 232 and has refused to concede.
While the president has remained relatively out of sight, his campaign and Republican allies have been holding press conferences to provide updates on their ongoing legal battles against the election results. The Trump campaign and the Republican Party have filed at least 30 lawsuits since the election, on everything from voter fraud to widespread election irregularities. Nearly all of the legal challenges have been dismissed.
While Trump hasn’t made many public appearances, he has been active on Twitter. According to The Washington Post, the president has tweeted more than 400 times since midnight on November 4.
Many of the posts have been flagged by Twitter for false or misleading claims. On Thursday morning, Trump had four tweets alleging voter fraud and a “rigged election,” which were flagged by Twitter.
Newsweek contacted the White House for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.
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