US Election 2020 results LIVE: Melania Trump 'tells Donald to concede' and is waiting 'until she can divorce him’

MELANIA TRUMP is said to have told Donald he should accept defeat to Joe Biden in the presidential election.

The First Lady has reportedly joined those within the Republican's inner circle advising him to concede defeat, according to CNN.

Reports also state a former White House aide has claimed that Melania is poised to divorce Trump once he has left office.

Meanwhile, triumphant Joe Biden promised to unify and "restore the soul of America" as he delivered a stirring victory speech at a rally in his home town in Delaware. 

The 77-year-old reached out to Donald Trump‘s voters by saying it was "time to listen to each other again" and "give each other a chance".

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  • Jon Rogers

    HOUSE MINORITY LEADER BACKS TRUMP'S ELECTION CLAIMS

    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has echoed Donald Trump's claims about “legal votes” and saying the election isn't over yet.

    “What we need in the presidential race is to make sure every legal vote is counted, every recount is completed, and every legal challenge should be heard,” he told Fox News. “Then and only then that America will decide who won the race.”

    McCarthy also suggested that it’s still possible for Republicans to take the majority in the House, saying that “we are less than 21,000 votes away.”

    “There are a number of seats – 10 seats that are still sitting out there. Republicans are leading in three, they haven't called any of those, so why would you call the presidential race first?” he said.

  • Jon Rogers

    TALIBAN EXPECT BIDEN TO HONOUR AFGHAN PULLOUT DEAL

    The Taliban has said they expect President-Elect Joe Biden to honour the deal struck with Donald Trump which paved the way for a withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.

    A deal was signed on February 29, which said US forces would leave the country in exchange for various security guarantees including the insurgents to stop jihadist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS from operating in the country.

    Mohammad Naeem, a spokesman for the Taliban told AFP: “We signed the agreement with the American government not a person.

    “We hope that the process that has started will not be weakened, but rather strengthened.”

    “The ongoing intra-Afghan talks is part of the agreement (with the US) and shall continue unaffected,” Naeem said.

  • Jon Rogers

    MAJOR HISTORY IN THE MAKING

    Joe Biden's dog Major is set to make history when the canine goes to live in the White House.

    The German Shepherd will be the first dog from a rescue centre to live at the famous address.

    He will be joined by the Biden's other dog Champ, who is also a German Shepherd.

    In 2018, Mr Biden's daughter Ashley saw on Facebook a litter of puppies needing homes at the Delaware Humane Association animal shelter.

    The Bidens initially fostered Major before adopting him.

  • Jon Rogers

    GEORGE BUSH CONGRATULATES BIDEN ON PRESIDENTIAL VICTORY

    Former President George W Bush has congratulated Joe Biden on his presidential victory.

    “I extended my warm congratulations and thanked him for the patriotic message he delivered last night,” Bush said in a statement.

    “I also called Kamala Harris to congratulate her on her historic election to the vice presidency.

    “Though we have political differences, I know Joe Biden to be a good man, who has won his opportunity to lead and unify our country.

    “The President-elect reiterated that while he ran as a Democrat, he will govern for all Americans.

    “I offered him the same thing I offered Presidents Trump and Obama: my prayers for his success, and my pledge to help in any way I can.”

  • Jon Rogers

    TRUMP GOES FOR ANOTHER ROUND OF GOLF

    For the second day running Donald Trump has headed for his golf course.

    He arrived at his Virginia club at around 3pm GMT and was met by a group of protesters.

    Trump was on the same course yesterday when he learnt the media were reporting he had lost the presidential race against Democrat Joe Biden.

    Trump has yet to concede defeat and has continued to make unfounded claims about voter fraud.

  • Jon Rogers

    MARYLAND GOVERNOR SAYS TO 'BACK THE WINNER OF THE RACE'

    Maryland's Republican Governor Larry Hogan called for people to “back the winner of the race,” whether they liked it or not.

    He told CNN that he doesn’t think “anything” will “overturn” the projections announced Saturday.

    “The way our system works is we all cast the votes, we count the votes and then we live with the results.

    “If there is evidence of widespread voter fraud, then we ought to come out with it. I’m sure they’re a few irregularities.”

    But he added he had not seen any irregularities.

  • Jon Rogers

    CRUZ: IT'S 'PREMATURE' FOR TRUMP TO CONCEDE

    Republican Ted Cruz has claimed it is still “premature” for Donald Trump to concede defeat in the presidential election.

    The Texas Senator told Fox News: “We do not know at this point who won the election,” adding that “big media” didn't decide the outcome.

    Just two days ago Mr Cruz described the vote counting in Pennsylvania as “partisan, it is political, it is lawless.”

  • Jon Rogers

    ROMNEY SAYS GOP EVIDENCE WOULDN'T CHANGE ELECTION OUTCOME

    Senator Mitt Romney has said the evidence so far produced by Republicans wouldn't be enough to change the outcome of the presidential election.

    He told CNN he had listened to the GOP's arguments but said: “No one has alleged something at such a sufficient scale that it would change the outcome.”

    The Republican has also called for the country to get behind the President-Elect Joe Biden.

  • Jon Rogers

    MELANIA ADDS VOICE TO TRUMP'S INNER CIRCLE TELLING HIM TO ACCEPT DEFEAT

    Donald Trump's wife has added her voice to those in the President's inner circle advising him to accept his defeat in the election.

    A source has reportedly told CNN the time has come for the Republican to accept his defeat in the presidential election to Joe Biden.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    KEY ISSUES – WHAT ARE JOE BIDEN'S VIEWS ON THE ECONOMY?

    Biden would use all the available authorities, including the Defense Production Act, to get the economy back on its feet following the coronavirus pandemic.

    Among his plans, there is expediting aid to businesses who commit to helping workers stay employed through the crisis, so they can get back to work when conditions allow.

    He would also impose high scrutiny on payroll plans.

    Biden plans to increase monthly Social Security checks by $200 per month, provide emergency paid sick leave to everyone who needs it and ensure Covid-19 testing, treatment and an eventual vaccine will be free.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    LET'S GET LOUD

    Jennifer Lopez broke down into “tears of joy” after President Elect Joe Biden won the heated 2020 election that dethroned Donald Trump.

    The 51-year-old singer shared an emotional clip minutes hour the results from this year’s nail biting political race became official as she celebrated the “new day” for America.

    On Saturday, JLo posted on her Stories to her 133 million Instagram followers moments after former vice president Biden was elected the 46th president of the United States. 

    “So happy this morning. Echoing the words of everyone saying that we are headed toward a better day, a more united country,” she said. 

    Jenny from the block then got emotional and said choked up: “I’m just crying tears of joy. 

    “I hope that we can all come together and love each other and appreciate each other. It’s a new day. 

    “They’re saying it’s time to heal deep wounds and come together. We are the United States of America, the greatest country on this planet. 

    “History is being made today for all little girls who got loud across the world,” she added as a reference to running mate and vice president elect Kamala Harris.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WHAT ARE BIDEN'S VIEWS ON GUN CONTROL?

    The former VP's plan to end gun violence in the US would make sweeping changes to federal gun laws, which include universal background checks and an assault weapons ban.

    It would also close several loopholes in existing legislation and repeal a law that makes it harder to sue gunmakers and retailers when they manufacture or sell guns they should have known would have been used criminally.

    His proposal seeks to ban the importation, manufacture, and sale of high-capacity magazines, reduce stockpiling of weapons, require background checks for all gun sales, end online sales of firearms and ammunition.

    Biden would prohibit anyone “who has been convicted of a misdemeanour hate crime, or received an enhanced sentence for a misdemeanour because of hate or bias in its commission” from buying or owning a gun.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    BIDEN SUPPORTERS PROTEST OUTSIDE TRUMP'S GOLF CLUB

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN ARRIVES FOR MASS IN DELAWARE ON SUNDAY MORNING

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WHAT ARE BIDEN'S VIEWS ON HEALTHCARE?

    Biden proposes to lower the age of Medicare eligibility to 60 and make coverage of dental, vision and hearing standard.

    He also wants to ban healthcare providers from charging patients surprise bills – which can be financially devastating for people.

    He would boost the Affordable Care Act, which was introduced by Obama in 2010.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WHAT ARE BIDEN'S VIEWS ON IMMIGRATION?

    Biden's point of view on immigration is completely different from President Trump's current policies.

    If elected, Biden plans to expand resources to immigrants already residing in the United States.

    He wants to stop construction on the border wall between the US and Mexico, eliminating the practice of separating immigrant families at the border.

    He has also called for a reversal of Trump's restrictions toward granting asylum and temporary protected status.

    Biden said he wants to provide a “road map to citizenship” for people living in the United States illegally.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    LONG SHOT

    Donald Trump is playing golf again as he continues to refuse to accept his 2020 election defeat and his sons are telling him not to concede.

    The president's golf excursion comes as a “black mood” falls over the White House and after he was “told to concede” by Jared Kushner.

    Eric Trump tweeted early this morning: “Software from hell! There needs to be a manual recount of every ballot in this country right now!”

    His tweet linked to a Breitbart article reporting that another county in Georgia is “encountering a glitch.”

    According to the report, the glitch has caused a slowdown in the tallying of thousands of votes.

    Meanwhile, Trump was headed to Trump National Golf Club on Sunday morning.

    “Donald Trump is spending his first day as a lame duck president at his Virginia golf club,” Jill Colvin wrote alongside a photo she tweeted.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    NOT ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL

    The future of Donald Trump’s wall along the southern border with Mexico looks unlikely to be completed now that Joe Biden is poised to be the next president.

    Trump had made his promise of building a wall to stop the flow of illegal immigration a key pledge as part of his presidential campaign in 2016.

    In June Biden said: “There will not be another foot of wall constructed under my administration,” in an interview during the virtual annual conference of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.  

    He added: “I’m gonna make sure that we have border protection, but it’s going to be based on making sure that we use high-tech capacity to deal with it and at the ports of entry — that's where all the bad stuff is at.”

    It looks likely that the construction of the wall will continue until the end of the year but seems it will not be completed once Biden is officially installed in the White House.

    However, while construction is likely stop next year it is unclear if the parts that have been built will be torn down.

    While some of his rivals for the Democrat presidential vote pledge to knock it down Biden has given no promises over tearing it down.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    MEL BREAKS LOOSE

    Melania Trump is “counting every minute” until Donald leaves the White House and she can divorce him, a former aide claims.

    The outgoing First Lady, 50, is reported to regard their 15-year marriage as over and is waiting only for Joe Biden's inauguration in January before making it formal.

    Fired White House aide and The Apprentice star Omarosa Manigault Newman is certain they will split, reports the Mail on Sunday.

    She said: “Melania is counting every minute until he is out of office and she can divorce.

    “If Melania were to try to pull the ultimate humiliation and leave while he's in office, he would find a way to punish her.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    TRUMP GIVES THUMBS UP FROM HIS MOTORCADE AS HE HEADS TO GOLF COURSE

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    DONALD TRUMP TWEETS ABOUT BRIT CALLING US ELECTION 'STOLEN'

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    COUSIN OF JILL BIDEN, WIFE OF JOE BIDEN, CELEBRATE THEIR SUCCESS FROM ITALY

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WHAT HAPPENS AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY?

    The vice president-elect is sworn into office first.

    They will be followed by the president who takes the oath of office:”I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States.”

    The president will then give an inaugural address, outlining his plans for the their term.

    After the ceremony, the president and vice president will attend a luncheon in National Statuary Hall that includes speeches, gifts and toasts.

    The format used today began in 1953 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife and 50 other guests of the joint committee dined on creamed chicken, baked ham and potato puffs in the Old Senate Chamber.

    Then it’s on to the parade and inaugural balls.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    ‘SO INSULTING’

    Candace Owens has expressed dismay at Donald Trump fans being branded as “racist bigots and xenophobes” as she lashed out at stereotypes.

    The Conservative activist slammed the media for portraying President Trump – who she insists gave a “voice to the voiceless” and hope for the American Dream – as an “enemy.”

    In an op-ed published in the Mail Online, the 31-year-old wrote: “Those who privately supported him were reduced to uneducated, red-neck hicks – the toothless type who drink beer on their porch and marry their first cousins.

    “For those who dared to venture their support for Trump in public, far worse characterizations were reserved.

    “They were racist bigots, xenophobes unfit to see the light of day in a civilized society.

    “So where do such insulting illustrations leave Americans like me?”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WHERE WILL THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY TAKE PLACE?

    On January 20, 2021, Inauguration Day will see the Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris sworn in as president and vice president at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C.

    Visitors to the Capitol and the White House in October would have noticed preparations underway for the ceremony while Joe Biden and Donald Trump were campaigning.

    Low-flying helicopters were swooping around town as part of beefed-up security precautions.

    The Architect of the Capitol is currently busy constructing the inaugural platform from scratch.

    The platform traditionally holds more than 1,600 people, including the president and vice president, members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, and the outgoing president and vice president.

    Bleachers above the platform hold 1,000 further visitors.

    The view from the West Front stretches the length of the National Mall, where Americans from around the country gather to catch a glimpse of history.

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