Joe Biden’s campaign warned on Friday that President Donald Trump could be escorted from the White House if he refuses to admit defeat in America’s knife election.
Democratic challenger Biden is approaching the presidency after gaining a lead in major states of Pennsylvania and Georgia.
But Trump has made it clear he is not ready to concede, making unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud and falsely claiming he was cheated by the re-election.
“As we said on July 19, the American people will decide this election. And the American government is perfectly capable of escorting intruders out of the White House,” Biden’s campaign spokesperson said, Andrew Bates.
In an interview with Fox News in July, Trump declined to commit to accepting the election results and a peaceful transfer of power if lost.
With tens of thousands of votes to count, many from strongly democratic areas, Biden opened a 9,000-vote lead over the Republican president in Pennsylvania, state election results showed in real time.
Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes would be enough to get Biden, 77, the magic number of 270 votes to the Electoral College, which determines the presidency.
Biden also took a very fine lead in Georgia, a state once regarded as a reliable Republican, which announced on Friday that he would recount the votes.
By late morning, there was no word on Biden’s moves on Friday.
He last spoke Thursday afternoon when he told reporters from his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, that he had “no doubt” that he would be declared the winner of the election.
With his victory appearing more and more likely, the US Secret Service has increased its bubble of protection around the former vice president, the Washington Post reported on Friday.