A month on from Election Day, President Donald Trump still continues to dispute the election outcome despite failing to prove the widespread fraud allegations he claims facilitated Joe Biden’s success.
The chain of events after Election Day has far from followed the usual expected routine. Below, Newsweek looks at five questions surrounding concession, the transition and inauguration.
Will Trump Make a Concession Speech?
Well, that would require the president conceding. Trump has not done so despite multiple news networks assessing Biden as the winner with 306 Electoral College votes, surpassing the 270 majority needed to claim the presidency. The Trump campaign’s efforts to alter state outcomes have failed thus far.
The president has said he will leave the White House if the Electoral College vote goes against him, though claims this will be a mistake. Newsweek has contacted the Trump campaign to ask if the president has considered preparing a concession speech.
President Donald Trump golfs at Trump National Golf Club on November 27, 2020 in Sterling, Virginia. He continues to rally against the election outcome.Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images
Has Biden’s Transition Process Begun?
Biden has labelled Trump’s refusal to concede “an embarrassment” and has shifted his focus to the transition process. He has appointed a number of key staff members and also begun to make Cabinet picks.
Administrator Emily Murphy of the General Services Administration has signed off on allowing Biden’s team access to transition resources facilitating this process. This came after a backlash from Democrats and Biden himself bemoaning potential issues posed by the transition being delayed.
A message on the Biden transition website reads: “President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris are confronting a pandemic, an economic crisis, calls for racial justice, and climate change. The team being assembled will meet these challenges on Day One.”
Joe Biden waves as he leaves The Queen in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 10, 2020.Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images
When Is the Inauguration?
January 20, 2021. The president-elect’s term will begin at noon that day and he is required to take the oath of office before assuming duties as commander-in-chief. It will be held at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.
Tickets can be requested up until January 1, 2021. The event is free, but attendees must have tickets. These can be requested through the websites of members of Congress. The upcoming inauguration could also be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Will Trump Attend the Inauguration?
Only Trump knows for sure. He has hinted that his mind is made up, though hasn’t enlightened the public.
“I don’t want to say that yet,” he said when asked if he would attend Biden’s inauguration. “I mean, I know the answer. I’ll be honest, I know the answer.”
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In late November, he insisted his mind “will not change in six months,” in regard to his fraud claims—meaning he could still be arguing this point way beyond the inauguration.
President Barack Obama attended Trump’s and it would be unusual for Trump not to do so with Biden’s.
However, reports have suggested Trump could consider a 2024 run, and according to a report from The Daily Beast which cited anonymous sources, he may even hold an event announcing this on the same day as the inauguration.
Newsweek has contacted the Trump campaign to ask if the president would attend the inauguration.
What Happens if Biden Is Incapacitated Before the Inauguration?
No president-elect has ever been incapacitated and had to withdraw or died prior to their inauguration.
Should Biden have to withdraw for whatever reason before the Electoral College vote, the DNC would look to nominate a successor and have the electors vote for them instead.
This would not necessarily automatically be Harris.
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“If a presidential nominee were to leave the ticket, the vice-presidential nominee would arguably not be considered the automatic successor for their running mate at the top of the ticket, although they would likely be seriously considered,” a report from the Congressional Research Service states.
If this were to happen after the Electoral College vote, it is likely the vice president-elect would fill the vacancy to go on to be inaugurated as president.
According to the Presidential Elections: Vacancies in Major Party Candidacies and the Position of President-Elect report from the Congressional Research Service, “the balance of scholarly opinion holds that the President- and Vice President-elect are chosen once the electoral votes are cast.”
It adds: “During this period, succession is covered by the Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution: if the President-elect dies, the Vice President-elect becomes President-elect. Although the amendment does not specifically address the issues of disability, disqualification, or resignation during this period, its language, ‘failure to qualify,’ could arguably be interpreted to cover such contingencies.”

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