Donald Trump was apparently caught admitting he had lost the 2020 US presidential election to Joe Biden at a Zoom meeting last summer, according to video circulating in recent days.
The former US president was speaking to a group of historians from Princeton University in July 2021 when he appeared to admit losing the 2020 election to Mr Biden, whom he accuses of “stealing” the vote.
Mr Trump said of South Korean President Moon Jae-In, Chinese Premier Xi Jinping and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi: “By not winning the election he was the happiest man – I would say China was – no, Iran was the happiest”.
“He wanted to pay $5 billion, $5 billion a year. But when I didn’t win the election, he had to be the happiest — I’d probably rank South Korea third or fourth happiest, Mr Trump said of his attempt to pressure Seoul to spend more on its military.
as The Atlantic reported Sunday the Republican impersonated Mr. Moon during the interview, in which he admitted losing the election at least twice. The video can still be viewed online. Mr Trump also said he believes the election was “rigged,” a false claim he has repeated many times after his election defeat.
During the meeting, Mr Trump also said of the now-terminated Nord Stream 2 pipeline between Russia and Germany: “So we had a deal, would have happened, all right, and then when the election was rigged and lost, the deal happened went away.”
The call was made by Princeton University professor Julian E. Zelizer, who described the exchange with Mr Trump as an attempt to “influence the narratives that are written about him”. He is the author of a forthcoming book, The Presidency of Donald J. Trump: A First Historical Appraisal.
Mr Trump has long accused Democrats of “faking” the 2020 vote and even pressured his own Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the election during a special joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, 2021. However, he has dismissed these claims.
January 2021, when the US Capitol was attacked by his supporters, many of them accusing them of having their election “stolen” in events that led to Mr Trump becoming the first US president to be twice dated House of Representatives was impeached.
Trump’s Attorney General Bill Bar, meanwhile, confirmed there was no evidence of vote-rigging and a series of lawsuits filed by pro-Trump lawyers have failed in any attempt to overturn the 2020 result.
The Independent has reached out to Mr Trump for comment.