In a new approach, US President Donald Trump intends to meet prominent personalities from the state of Michigan at the White House, on Friday, as his election campaign seeks to change the outcome of the vote that took place on the third of November, after suffering a series of judicial defeats.
Three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters that the Trump campaign “has transformed into a new strategy that relies on persuading Republican lawmakers to intervene on his behalf in the crucial states that his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, like Michigan, won to undermine the credibility of the results.”
Biden won the election and is now making preparations to take power on January 20, but Trump refuses to admit defeat and is looking for a way to nullify the result, claiming that widespread fraud marred the vote.
Trump’s team is focused on Michigan and Pennsylvania at the moment, but even if the outcome changes in the two states in favor of the Republican president, it still needs to change the outcome in a third term to beat Biden in the electoral college vote.
A source in Michigan said the state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirky and House Speaker there Lee Chatfield, who are Republicans, will visit the White House in response to a request from Trump.
Legal experts sounded a warning bell about Trump’s approach, as a president in power tries to discredit a process in which the voters expressed their will, even though they expressed doubts that any state legislature in the country could legally nullify what the voters decided in it.
Biden surpassed Trump in the popular vote by nearly 6 million votes or 3.8 percentage points.
However, the results of the elections are decided on the basis of the electoral college votes, as the winner of the popular vote in each state gets the votes allocated to it in the electoral college, which are determined according to several criteria, the most prominent of which is the state’s population weight.
Democrat Biden won 306 votes to 232 for Trump in the electoral college that determines who wins, which is far more than the 270 votes needed for victory.
All states must document the official results at least 6 days before the election assembly on December 14th.