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‘We’re never leaving’: What Trump told aides after election loss

Former President Donald Trump told staffers “I’m just not going to leave” the White House after losing the 2020 election — and even asked his Diet Coke valet for his opinion on whether he should stay put, a new book claims. The tidbits from New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman’s forthcoming tome “Confidence Man” were reported Monday by CNN, where Haberman is a contributor to on-air politics coverage. According to the book, Trump initially appeared to accept former Vice President Joe Biden’s victory, telling one adviser “we did our best” and saying to other aides that “I thought we had it.” At some point, however, the 45th president changed his tone.

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