• By The Financial District


US President Donald Trump is still mulling a last ditch-effort to stay in the White House by telling Republican states to choose his loyalists to act as voters in the Electoral College and select him rather than the real winner in the race.

Writing for the New York Times, Maggie Haberman said Trump met with his advisers on and discussed an impossible task: Changing the results of the 2020 election, with many of them telling he has a reed-thin chance of achieving it.

“He then proceeded to press them on whether Republican legislatures could pick pro-Trump electors in a handful of key states and deliver him the electoral votes he needs to change the math and give him a second term, according to people briefed on the discussion,” Haberman wrote.

“He knows it’s over,” one adviser said. But instead of conceding, they said, he is floating one improbable scenario after another for staying in office while he contemplates his uncertain post-presidency future. There is no grand strategy at play, according to interviews with a half-dozen advisers and people close to the president. Trump is simply trying to survive from one news cycle to the next, seeing how far he can push his case against his defeat and ensure the continued support of his Republican base. By dominating the story of his exit from the White House, he hopes to keep his millions of supporters energized and engaged for whatever comes next, Haberman concluded.