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With Mr Biden on the threshold of the White House having take the lead in the US states of Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada and Arizona, Mr Trump is threatening multiple lawsuits, alleging voter fraud, without providing any evidence to back up his claims. Mr Bolton worked for Mr Trump from April 2018 to June 2019 before he, like many others, found himself at odds with the billionaire businessman, either being fired or resigning, depending on the competing claims of Mr Trump and himself. Mr Bolton said the incident was just par for the course for a man for whom the very concept of defeat is deeply repugnant.
Mr Bolton, outlined his spell working alongside the 74-year-old in his recently-published book, The Room Where It Happened, told Express.co.uk: “This is Donald Trump we are talking about, he is not going to go graciously.
“I don’t think he will concede – I think he will say the election was stolen.
“Trump may not accompany Biden to the swearing-in ceremony at the end of January.
“That would be very unusual – it hasn’t happened in a long time but it is possible.
“I think it could have a negative effect. Or more accurately, it will show just what a large part of the problem is, namely Trump himself.”
I think his family will tell him to get out
Some observers have even suggested a defeated Mr Trump could even be required to leave the White House by secret service officers on January 20 – but Mr Bolton said he believed a rather more informal intervention would do the trick.
He explained: “I think his family will tell him to get out.
“I don’t think sitting there in the Oval Office refusing to leave is really on the table.”
Mr Trump had set the tone in the early hours of Tuesday morning with a bullish speech in which he claimed victory and suggested the election was being stolen from him, Mr Bolton said.
He said: “I think it was an instinctive angry reaction because things were not going his way.
“We learned after the fact that he was particularly upset that Fox News called Arizona for Biden.
“He vented to Fox people according to some reports, and I think he was venting in general.
“And I think he did it again last night from the press briefing room in the White House.”
“These kind of remarks are very, very disruptive coming from the President of the United States.”
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Mr Bolton’s book contains several examples of erratic behaviour involving his former boss, not least his apparent ignorance of the fact that the UK was a nuclear power during a meeting with former Prime Minister Theresa May.
And he said Mr Trump’s remarks were very much in keeping with what everything he had witnessed while working for the President.
He added: “A lot of people were surprised by these remarks.
“Unfortunately I was not surprised – to me it just looked like another day at the office.”
Asked what he would say he would say if he were still working for Mr Trump, Mr Bolton said: “I think people are past that now.
“In other words, I don’t think there is anybody at the White House who could tell him the truth.
“They would be fired and that was the risk that all of us ran after a relatively short period of time.
“I don’t have any trouble with people alleging fraud in a state election if they can prove it.
“If you have got evidence bring it forward, that’s entirely proper.
“It’s not proper to make stuff up and call the integrity of the entire election system into question just because you are losing, which is very close to what he is doing.”
He also drew parallels with the current situation and that of the 1960 Presidential election which saw John Kennedy defeat Richard Nixon amid claims of voting irregularities in Chicago.
Mr Bolton said: “In 1960 if Nixon had carried Texas and Illinois, he would have won.
“And he got ready to contest those but eventually he decided not to, for the good of the country.
“I’ve never talked to Trump about that but if you gave that example to Donald Trump he would say: ‘And what does that show? Nixon’s a loser.'”
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