Transcript for Trump again falsely asserts he won election
We move on to the white house tonight. President trump making a rare appearance today, still refusing to concede the election as he rapidly runs out of options. Georgia tod certifying results for Joe Biden on this, his 78th birthday. President trump avoiding questions for the 17th day in a row as news comes in his son don junior tested positive for covid. Here's Jonathan Karl. Reporter: The president has largely stayed out of sight since losing the election, but today he came before the cameras and falsely asserted he actually won. The campaign, which I won, by the way, but you know. We'll find that out. Almost 74 million votes. Reporter: In fact, trump lost by nearly 6 million votes nationally and by a decisive margin in the electoral college. While the president did venture before the cameras today, he left without taking any questions. Mr. President! Mr. President! Are you being a sore loser? Reporter: In fact, neither he nor the vice president has answered questions in the more than two weeks since the election. But the walls are closing in on the president. Today Republican state officials in Georgia, after a painstaking audit by hand of every vote, announced the state had certified Joe Biden as the winner. The numbers reflect the verdict of the people. Not a decision by the secretary of state's office or of courts of of either campaigns. Reporter: The president's legal team is now floating the idea of trying to ditch the election results in states like Michigan and pvania and have the Republican state legislatures pick the winner instead of the millions of people who voted in the election. Democracy is still on the ballot. Reporter: Today, the Republican leaders of the Michigan state legislature traveled to Washington to meet with the president. On the way, they were met by protesters. Some Republicans are outraged at the prospect of the president pressure local politicians to throw out the election results. Mitt Romney tweeting, the president has now resorted to overt pressure on state and local officials to subvert the will of the people and overturn the election. The white house press secretary insisted today there is nothing inappropriate about the meeting. This is not an advocacy meeting. There will be no one from the campaign there. He routinely meets with lawmakers from all across the country. Reporter: But there's nothing routine about any of this. Meanwhile President-Elect Joe Biden did something today president trump hasn't done in more than a year -- he met with the speaker the house. In my oval office, MI casa, you casa. I'm going to need you. I hope we're going to spend a lot of time together. Let's get right to Jon. Moments ago, those Republican Michigan legislative leaders wrapping up that meeting with the president. Walk us through this. What have you learned? Reporter: They put out a joint statement, two Republican leaders of the Michigan legislature making it clear they will not go along with any effort to bypass the voter and have the legislature choose the winner. They say, the candidates who win the most votes win elections in Michigan and Michigan's electoral votes. These are simple truths that should provide confidence in our elections. Jon, while we have you there, news that just came in -- late news the president's eldest son tested positive for the coronavirus? Reporter: Yeah, a spokesperson for Donald Trump Jr. Put out a statement saying he tested positive at the beginning of the week and has been self-isolating out at his cabin. The statement also says that Donald Trump Jr. Is asymptomatic. Tom? Jon Karl with that developing thank you. Politics and the pandemic
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