NEW YORK — President-elect Donald Trump is expected to announce his decision Friday morning on whether to accept the outcome of the November 8 election in which he beat Hillary Clinton.
Trump’s team said Friday that he will announce his position on the matter at 2 p.m.
EST, but that it was premature to say whether he would accept the results of the election or not.
If he does accept the election, Trump will be the first president in American history to lose an election after receiving a majority of electoral votes.
There is some confusion in the political world as to what exactly the president-elect will do about the election and the timing of his announcement, given the nature of his transition process and the political climate in the United States.
The announcement is expected on Friday, with speculation that it could be announced as early as Monday or Tuesday, but there are also some clues as to the timing.
In a tweet, Trump said he will take office on Jan. 20.
He will not make an announcement until at least two weeks after his inauguration, a move that would put him in line for his first inauguration, as the president of the United State.
Trump will not have the authority to unilaterally declare an election, but he could declare a state of emergency, or declare a national emergency, should a state be deemed in danger of collapsing.
Some political analysts have argued that Trump could declare an emergency in the aftermath of a terrorist attack or a major economic or political crisis, and if he does so, that could lead to the imposition of a nationwide curfew or a partial shutdown.
Trump is expected in the White House on Friday afternoon.