‘We’ll Never Leave’: What Trump Told His Aides After Election Loss


Former President Donald Trump told staffers “I’m just not going to leave” the White House after losing the 2020 election — even asking his Diet Coke clerk for his opinion on whether he should sit down, a new book claims.

The tidbits of New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman’s upcoming tome “Confidence Man” were reported Monday by CNN, where Haberman contributes to on-air political reporting.

According to the book, Trump initially appeared to accept Joe Biden’s victory, telling one adviser “we did our best” and other aides that “I thought we had it.”

At one point, however, the 45th president changed his tune.

“We’re never leaving,” Trump told an aide, according to Haberman. “How can you leave when you’ve won an election?”

“I’m just not leaving,” Trump told another staffer.

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“Why should I leave if they stole it from me?” the now former president also asked Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel.

Former President Donald Trump told his aides, “I’m just not leaving” the White House after losing the 2020 election, an upcoming book claims.
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When a reporter asked Trump on November 27, 2020 if he would leave the White House if Biden’s victory was confirmed by the electoral college, the president replied, “Sure, I will, and you know it. But I think a lot is going to happen between now and January 20. Many things.”

Close aides and RNC officials were not the only people Trump sought advice as he considered whether to leave the White House peacefully, Haberman writes.

The 45th president also reportedly consulted the clerk who brought him a Diet Coke when he pressed a red button in the Oval Office.

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According to the book, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner was reluctant to confront him about his loss and likened it to a deathbed scene as the president grew increasingly furious over the vote’s outcome.

MAGA supporters outside the Capitol
The revelations in the book come amid the US House and Justice Department investigations into the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and Trump’s possible role in instigating them.

“The priest will come later,” Kushner reportedly said.

The revelations come amid investigations by the Justice Department and a select House committee into the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and Trump’s possible role in instigating it, as well as his efforts to reverse the election result.

The Capitol riots unfolded as a mob of angry Trump supporters stormed Congress as lawmakers counted electoral college votes to formalize Biden’s victory.

On Monday, some liberals accused Haberman of sitting on Trump’s quotes to squeeze her book, which is due out on Oct. 4.

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The forthcoming book details how Trump wanted to remain in the White House amid his refusal to accept that Joe Biden had won the election.

“Oh well, one more fact, vital to the security and survival of the nation, that @maggieNYT withheld from the public for many months, if not a year and a half so she could put it in her f–g book ” former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann tweeted.

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“You know what? @January6thCmte has to sue @maggieNYT about this quote, when she heard about it, and what other knowledge of Trump’s conspiracy keeps them away from the public,” he added.

“Maggie Haberman is another in a long line of people who were willing to let democracy die on the altar of a book deal,” activist John Pavlovitz tweeted.

Author Tony Posnanski also chimed in, tweet: “Donald Trump – I’M GOING TO DESTROY AMERICA! Maggie Haberman – Ohhhh, this is going to be great for my book!”