After weeks of refusing to concede the election and claiming it was "rigged", Trump finally fielded questions from reporters in the ornate Diplomatic Reception Room on Thursday.
"His family received hundreds of millions of dollars from the Chinese Communist Party, we all know, that anybody that is paid for by the Chinese Communist Party or a citizen of the Chinese Communist Party is part of their apparatus", said Steube. "You're just a lightweight", Trump said, pointing his finger. News about that event was sidelined as Trump continued his campaign to denigrate the U.S. elections claiming he was defeated through fraud.
Certification from other states has yet to be announced.
Electors must send their votes in by December 14, but if Biden is declared the victor by the "safe harbor" date of December 8, six days before the due date, Congress can acknowledge Biden as the country's next president.
The president and his supporters have lodged a number of legal challenges over the election, but most have been dismissed.
In his Thanksgiving Day remarks, Trump, however, said it will be a mistake if the Electoral College were to elect Biden.
Nothing stands in the way of Biden taking office January 20 with a clear margin of electoral votes. "I will and, you know that".
"States continue to certify those results, the Electoral College will soon meet to ratify that outcome", Gwin added. He repeated grievances and angrily denounced officials in Georgia and Pennsylvania, two key states that helped give Biden the win.
The normally routine process of transitioning from one president to another and confirming the result has been derailed by President Trump's refusal to concede.
One of the reasons Republicans have stood by Trump and his baseless claims of fraud has been to keep his loyal base energized for those Jan 5 runoffs. He said: "People are very disappointed that we were robbed". Speculation has raged about Trump's next steps as he has remained bunkered in the White House since his defeat, emerging occasionally to play golf at a resort in nearby Virginia.
"It's gonna be a very hard thing to concede", he said.
"Time is not on our side", he said, in a rare admission of weakness.
Will he run again in 2024? "And I would have won by a tremendous amount", Trump said, quickly correcting himself to say, "And I did win by a tremendous amount".
Mason continued to interject, but Trump talked over the correspondent.