Donald Trump’s aides are quietly discussing among themselves who is going to break the news to him that he has lost, according to a report, with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner being considered as likely figures to tell him.
“I had one person close to the White House tell me, ‘No one is willing to tell King Lear the truth,'” said Hallie Jackson, MSNBC’s White House correspondent.
On Friday morning, with the election appearing to be heading in Joe Biden’s direction, CNN’s White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins said she too had been told that Mr Trump was unlikely to concede, and discussions were being held as to how to convince him to leave.
“I’m actually being told by sources that, in recent days, the president has said he has no plans to concede this election to Joe Biden, even if his path to victory is effectively blocked, which it could be by a Biden win in Pennsylvania or in somewhere like Georgia,” she said.
“But despite that the president has said that he has no plans to concede this election as he has continued to push this baseless claim that the election is being stolen from him.
“That creates this conversation about who is going to be the person that’s going to reckon with the president and tell him that his time in office could be coming to an end.
“That’s a conversation that I’m told the president’s allies are still having, they’re not sure who that person is going to be. They’ve talked about Jared Kushner, someone like an Ivanka Trump, but they haven’t figured out who it is to bring the president to terms with reality.”
Much speculation has been had about what would happen if Mr Trump refused to leave.
The Secret Service and US Marshalls are believed to be those who would be handed the task.
“It should not be a hostage drama to try and get Trump out of the White House,” said David Axelrod, who served as Barack Obama’s senior advisor.
Andrew Bates, spokesman for the Biden campaign, said they were not worried.
“The US government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House,” he said.