Geraldo Rivera said Friday that President TrumpDonald TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election MORE told him he’ll do the “right thing” on the election's results, a comment that comes as Trump has refused to concede after the race was called for President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Biden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Biden to tap law professor who wants to 'end banking as we know it' as OCC chief: reports MORE.
In a tweet on Friday, Rivera said he had a phone call with Trump in which the president said he was a "realist" who will do the "right thing" but is waiting to see "what states do in terms of" certification.
Just had heartfelt phone call w friend @realDonaldTrump who said he's a "realist" who'll do the"right thing" But he wants to see "what states do in terms of certifiction (etc)" He sounded committed to fighting for every vote & if he loses, talking more about all he's accomplished— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) November 13, 2020
Biden was projected as the election's winner on Saturday, but the president's campaign has mounted legal challenges in battleground states including Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia while Trump voices baseless allegations of voter fraud.
The campaign team filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday to stop Michigan from certifying its final vote count until allegations of irregularities are addressed. Meanwhile, a hand recount is underway in Georgia.
Trump's refusal to concede has caused issues for Biden's transition. Emily Murphy, who oversees the General Services Administration (GSA), has refused to acknowledge Biden as president-elect, blocking access to millions of dollars in federal funding for salaries and travel.
And the Office of the Director of National Intelligence isn’t interacting with the Biden campaign, meaning that he's not getting access to presidential intelligence briefings.
Trump has gone one full week without making any comments beyond his Twitter account. During an appearance on “Fox & Friends” on Thursday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany indicated that he was stepping aside to allow the legal challenges to play out.
“I think you’ll hear from the president at the right moment,” she said. “Right now he is letting this litigation play out, letting his lawyers take the lead on this while he stays hard at work for the American people on COVID and other matters.”