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Donald Trump has said he will "do the right thing" during a heartfelt conversation with longtime friend Geraldo Rivera, the ex-talk show host says.
The President, who for more than a week has been making baseless claims that last week's election was rigged, without producing any evidence, claimed that he was a "realist", according to the longtime talk show host.
During the phone call, Trump apparently sounded "committed to fighting for every vote" and seemed "determined to fight on".
In a series of tweeted posted yesterday, Geraldo said: "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 certification (etc)'. He sounded committed to fighting for every vote & if he loses, talking more about all he's accomplished.
"[He] seemed particularly aggrieved by the savage attacks on his presidency from the minute he was elected. He reserved special scorn for the phony Russia hoax & Pelosi-driven phony #Impeachment. He asked me what I knew about #DominionVotingSystems which I promised to check out.
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"He seemed like a heavyweight champion who is behind in points leading into the final round, but determined to fight on, knowing all the refs have scored the fight for the other guy. Still, he's going to answer the final bell, looking for the knockout he knows is a longshot."
It comes after Trump dropped his first hint that he will not be President for much longer.
In a speech at the White House, he said his administration will not bring in another lockdown – but said "time will tell" who will be in charge after January.
It appears he may have finally realised the game is up, as he faces mounting pressure to concede to President-Elect Joe Biden.
"Whatever happens in the future, who knows which administration it will be," he said. "I guess time will tell.”
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But in his first public speech in a week, the outgoing US President stopped short of throwing in the towel – instead saying his administration would not sanction another lockdown.
And while Trump is yet to concede, Mr Biden has vowed to start working ahead of January, when he and Kamala Harris are due to take office.
Trump has continued to make baseless allegations of widespread voter fraud, even as his own administration has said there is no evidence to support the claims.
His aides suggest he is merely trying to keep his base of supporters on his side in defeat.
Geraldo Rivera had a 'heartfelt' conversation with Trump on the phone
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In the previously Republican state of Arizona, Trump's lawyers abandoned a suit seeking a hand count of ballots after a series of networks called the race for Biden.
Biden's lead exceeds the number of outstanding ballots now, and dropping the suit acknowledges the state will be in Biden's column.
Biden now has 290 Electoral College votes after becoming the second Democratic presidential candidate in seven decades to win Arizona.
The Trump campaign has filed a number of lawsuits challenging the vote counts in numerous states, although some have already been thrown out by judges.
Legal experts have said the litigation stands little chance of altering the outcome, and state election officials have said they see no evidence of serious irregularities or fraud.