press secretary briefed reporters Tuesday following the Electoral College meeting to make Joe Biden
‘s win official – but still wouldn’t call him ‘president-elect’ and gave no indication President Trump
She called the meeting of the Electoral College, where Biden won 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232, ‘one step in the constitutional process.’
She cited ‘ongoing litigation’ – a reference to the Trump campaing an allies filing dozens of lawsuits that have suffered more than 50 losses in court.
‘The president is still involved in ongoing litigation related to the election. Yesterday’s vote was one step in the constitutional process. I will leave that to him and refer you to the campaign for more on that litigation,’ she said – dodging a direct question about whether Trump planned to invite Biden to the White House and acknowledged him as president-elect.
She repeated a version of that answer in response to multiple questions.
She said she wasn’t sure whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had called Trump to give a head’s up before McConnell for the first time congratulated Biden Tuesday morning and called him president-elect.
‘I haven’t gotten the president’s reaction to that but the president again is pursuing ongoing litigation,’ she said.
She directed questions about what possible legal recourse Trump has to the campaign, where she also has served as a spokesperson when not doing her taxpayer-funded job at the White House.
The Supreme Court on Friday refused to take up a case filed by the Republican Texas attorney general seeking to throw out the result in four states.
Biden ripped the president in a prime-time speech Monday for refusing to accept the results after Biden bested him by 7 million votes in the popular vote and matched Trump’s own 2016 306 electoral vote total.
‘Pursuing legitimate litigation through the judicial system is in no way assaulting democracy,’ she said.
She then pivoted to the Mueller probe and called the investigations of Trump throughout his term an ‘assault on democracy.’