Why Trump won’t concede defeat

The Trump campaign has said the president-elect has agreed to concede the presidential race to Hillary Clinton, but has not yet formally called for his resignation.

Trump said in a statement to reporters on Friday that he would wait to make the call until after the election is over, a move that could complicate the Electoral College and the process of picking the next president.

“The election has been won, and I will not concede until after I am sworn in to the office,” Trump said.

“I have spoken with the candidates and they will be announcing their decision in due course.

The American people deserve a transparent election.

I am hopeful that they will choose me, and as president, to make this happen.” 

The Washington Post said the transition team is preparing to issue a statement at 9:30 a.m.

ET on Friday, but that it is not clear when the call would take place. 

“Trump is preparing a statement and will announce it to reporters,” the Post reported.

“There is no timetable for when the transition will announce the statement.

In the meantime, the Trump team will continue to focus on the important task of winning the presidency.” 

Trump, who has repeatedly insisted that he will not drop out of the race and that he is the “only one” who can win the election, made his decision to leave the campaign trail in his home state of Florida early Friday morning.

He later tweeted that he had agreed to accept the election results, but he did not say when he would do so. 

On Friday morning, Trump’s campaign spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters that Trump will not announce his decision until the election’s results are in.

“We’re going to get through the night,” Spicer said. 

The Trump transition team said in an email that the transition has reached a consensus that the president has agreed that he should accept the results of the election. 

It was not immediately clear how long the announcement would take.

The Electoral College votes on December 19, with all but the most narrow wins coming in states like New York and California. 

In a sign that the campaign may be getting ahead of the decision, the transition said Friday morning that Trump had agreed not to seek the election-night nomination.

“In addition, the president and vice president have agreed to the principle of non-appearance, so the Electoral college will not recognize the results in the case of a loss,” the transition’s statement said.