Even as Mr Biden passed the 270 electoral college votes for victory in the US presidential race, Mr Trump said the election was “far from over” and accused the former vice president of “falsely posing as the winner.”
While refusing to admit and accept defeat, he continued to reiterate unsubstantiated claims of fraudulent ballot papers and vow to pursue legal action.
In his statement immediately following news of Mr Biden’s victory, Mr Trump said, “Joe Biden has not been certified as a winner of any state, let alone one of the highly competitive states heading for mandatory recounts or states where our campaign is valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate winner. ”
Now that he’s unceremoniously discharged from the White House, the world will be watching with great curiosity where he is going next – will he continue the path of a lively politician or get back to business?
His impending departure from office could lead to financial difficulties due to reports on his tax affairs, and critics hoping to be shot by Mr Trump should remember that he could run for the presidency again in 2024.
But he could still return to our television screens as there were suggestions that he might start a “Trump TV” channel to take on Fox.
In April, he tweeted, “The people who see @FoxNews in record numbers (thanks President Trump) are angry. You now want an alternative. Me too!”
He has heavily criticized news networks for what he consistently called “false news” against him, and in the final days of his presidency, several major US networks decided to cut him off in the middle of the speech during a press conference at the White House Thursday night.
Four years ago, many observers thought that the apprentice star had little chance of ever getting into the Oval Office.
Mr Trump has proven them wrong.
But no one could have predicted that the 74-year-old’s fight for re-election would take place amid the chaos of a coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Trump himself tested positive for the disease just a month before election night, which has killed more than 230,000 people in the United States.
Born into the wealthy family of New York real estate tycoon Fred Trump, he joined his father’s business before taking control of the company he renamed the Trump Organization in 1971.
His business empire expanded with the construction of Trump Tower on New York’s Fifth Avenue as well as hotels, casinos and the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA festivals.
Though his companies have amassed huge fortunes over the years, they have also filed several bankruptcies.
After annoying the public several times over the prospect of a presidential bid, Mr Trump made it official in 2015 by announcing his candidacy.
In doing so, he took over the presidency from Barack Obama after fueling the “birth movement” which challenged the African American leader’s birthplace in an unfounded conspiracy theory that many have labeled as racist.
His campaign against Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton was shaken by numerous sexual assault allegations, all of which he denied.
The campaign also saw a video interface showing how he bragged about using his fame to “do anything” to women, including “grab her by the pussy”.
But he shattered pollsters’ expectations and predictions by beating the former foreign minister on the electoral college – if not the referendum.
Rows, resignations and layoffs were staples of his tenure, as was the use of Twitter for diplomacy, including naming North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un as the “Little Rocket Man.”
He used the platform to maintain his long-standing feud with Beijing, tweeted repeatedly about what he referred to as the “China virus,” and expressed concern about the internationally recognized Paris Agreement to Combat Climate Change that the US has officially withdrawn from Day after the election.
Mr Trump was also accused of being cozy with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Mueller investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 elections did not reveal a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Moscow, but did not absolve the president from obstruction of justice.
However, there were allegations that Mr Trump was pressuring Ukraine to gather harmful information on Mr Biden that led to his impeachment.
He survived removal from the White House when he was acquitted in a trial in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Mr Trump’s personal life has also made headlines over the years.
In 2018 it was revealed that his attorney Michael Cohen paid porn actress Stormy Daniels nearly £ 100,000 ahead of the 2016 election to silence her about her alleged sexual relationship with the president 10 years ago.
Mr Trump denied knowing the payment for several years before confirming it on Twitter in May 2018, saying he had refunded Mr Cohen for the money paid to Ms. Daniels.
In its 2019 billionaires ranking, Forbes estimated Trump’s net worth at $ 3.1 billion and ranked 715th worldwide.
However, his finances continued to be the subject of intense scrutiny, culminating in New York Times bombing reports after the newspaper found he paid just $ 750 in federal income tax in both 2016 and 2017.
It also showed “chronic losses and years of tax avoidance”.
The reports described a difficult financial situation for Mr. Trump and added that hundreds of millions of dollars in loans would fall due over the next four years.
The successful run against Ms. Clinton was filled with chants of “lock her up” and “build the wall.”
The wall along the border with Mexico, an important promise to stop the movement of immigrants whom he derided as “rapists” and “criminals”, remained largely undeveloped as Mr Trump campaigned for re-election.
He repeated his “Make America Great Again” slogan for the 2020 campaign, but official records indicated that only a few miles of new wall had been built.
Mr. Trump continued his personal attacks on Ms. Clinton’s successor, referring to him as “Sleepy Joe” when attempting to portray the three-year-old man as senile.
He started a series of unsubstantiated claims on Twitter before Mr Biden won the state of Pennsylvania. He claimed that “bad things” had happened, referring to votes that were “illegally obtained,” and insisted that he had won “a lot”.
However, the head of the Bundestag election commission, Ellen Weintraub, said there was no evidence of election fraud.
Before the election, he controversially pushed through the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court after the death of the liberal judiciary Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The move raised concerns that abortion rights could be undermined as Republicans outperform Democrats by six to three judges.
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