President Donald Trump has not made a public speech for a week, except for written statements via Twitter. Most recently, he spoke publicly at a press conference at the White House on November 5th, announcing that he had won the election, making allegations of widespread election fraud, and then retiring without taking questions from the press.
Although Trump has not spoken publicly since, he appeared for about 10 minutes on Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery for a Veterans Day observation ceremony. He made no statements at that time.
In a Thursday interview on the Fox news program Fox & Friends, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany did not say when Trump would speak publicly again, saying he was focusing on the ongoing COVID 19 epidemic and other issues while his re-election campaign is pursuing complaints related to the counting of ballots.
According to FactbaseFeed, a Web site that maintains a searchable database of public comments from Trump and other politicians, the past six days are the longest Trump has ever gone without a public speech.
Trump’s Twitter account is still active, however. On Thursday he repeated attacks on Fox News, which he had criticized for calling for Arizona on election night in favor of his political rival, President-elect Joe Biden. Biden later won the state with over 11,000 votes.
Trump has also published numerous tweets accusing widespread voter fraud, which allegedly cost him the election. As part of his re-election campaign, he has filed numerous lawsuits in the Swing states accusing him of voter fraud, but none of the lawsuits have changed the results of any state significantly in his favor.
Washington Newsday has asked the White House to comment.
Trump’s challenge suits are seeking a resolution before each state confirms its December election results. Trump and other Republicans have said that Trump will have won if only the legal votes are counted.
On Monday, Attorney General William Barr allowed federal prosecutors to investigate any allegations of election fraud. The leaders of the Democratic Congress parties criticized his decision as unfounded and corrupt.
On Tuesday night, Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), told FOX News commentator Sean Hannity that she had 234 pages of 500 affidavits claiming 11,000 incidents of various types of election fraud.
Early Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Trump had won a second term as president, although he had no evidence to support his claim. John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, called Pompeo “delusional”.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Maryland Republican Governor Larry Hogan said, “I think most people realize that this election is over,” adding that it is time for the country to “move on.
On Thursday, former Republican presidential aide Karl Rove said there was “no evidence” of systematic fraud in the national vote, adding that Trump should “do his part to unite the country by leading a peaceful transition and dropping complaints.