During a Christmas reception at the White House on Tuesday president Donald Trump spoke of spending four more years in office – whether it starts in January 2021 or January 2025.
"It's been an amazing four years," Trump told a room packed with a number of people with no masks, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, amid the leadership of public health officials. "We are trying to do another four years. Otherwise I'll see you in four years."
He also wondered if people will be watching "But they don't like that." with his lawyer team – with reference to events conducted by his lawyer Rudy Giuliani in the presidency of government in a bid to contest the outcome of elections. Trump also insisted falsely that he had won the election, claiming, "fraud hearings"
"Honestly, this is a disgrace," said Trump to the room.
The footage showed dozens of people crammed into the Cross Hall of the White House state floor, standing closely together as they listened to the president speak.
Many seen in the video were not wearing masks.
Trump was filmed making his entrance as he waved to a crowd of cheering guests.
He then went on to deliver a speech repeating election fraud claims, despite his attorney general Bill Barr telling the AP just hours earlier that the Justice Department had not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud and had seen nothing that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
'It's certainly an unusual year. We won an election, but they don't like that,' Trump told the group, adding: 'I call it a rigged election, and I always will.'