Speaking to Channel 4 News, Mary Trump, Donald Trump’s niece, warned the incumbent President will do everything to “take Americans down” in his last 76 days in the White House if Joe Biden wins the election. She added the President will show no signs of regret for his last four years of presidency.
She said: “There won’t be any regret whatsoever because that would suggest that he can acknowledge that he has done something wrong, which he cannot do.
“So we’re in for a very difficult 76 day period. I have no doubt in my mind there will be legal challenges which will most likely go nowhere which will increase his levels of anger.
“I’m afraid that we’ll also probably see people abandoning him, which will also increase his levels of anger.
“So he can continue to do a lot of damage even though when and if [former] vice president Biden becomes President-elect Biden, he still has the powers of presidency for the next 76 days and we need to be prepared for anything that he might have in mind.
“One thing that’s really important about Donald is if he thinks he’s going down, he’s going to try to take the rest of us with him.”
On Friday, President Trump signalled he would not go quietly from the Oval Office, tweeting: “Joe Biden should not wrongfully claim the office of the president. I could make that claim also. Legal proceedings are just now beginning!
“I had such a big lead in all of these states late into election night, only to see the leads miraculously disappear as the days went by. Perhaps these leads will return as our legal proceedings move forward!”
The Biden campaign was forthright in its reply to an earlier outburst by Mr Trump, in which he made claims about “illegal ballots” in the election.
“As we said on July 19, the American people will decide this election,” the campaign said in a statement.
“And the United States Government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson continued to say he has “every confidence” in the checks and balances of the American constitution and said he would “work closely with whoever is the president” but declined to comment further.
Former foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind has said Downing Street may be relieved if Donald Trump loses the election and said he disagreed with some of the comparisons of Mr Trump and Boris Johnson.
He told Times Radio: “It’s often said that Boris Johnson and Donald Trump are blood brothers. No. I think that’s a rather silly exaggeration.
“Yes, they both have a shock of white hair, yes they both use populist rhetoric and can be accused of having a rather unusual private life but there the similarity comes to an end.
“I suspect 10 Downing Street, although it will never say this, will actually also be slightly relieved that he’ll be dealing with an American president who’ll be predictable, who will not tweet policy when he wakes up in the morning and who will therefore be able to be part of a coherent approach to the issues that we’ll face in government.”
Sir Malcolm also said: “I think President Trump is going out of office more or less the same way as he’s performed in office; a combination of spasm, frustration and general irresponsibility.
“If anyone had any doubts about his unsuitability for office, the way he’s trying to pretend the law’s being broken because he’s being defeated pretty well sums up the man we’ve had to live with for four years.”