After Joe Biden, the US president-elect, delivered his victory speech, saying that now is a time for America "to heal", the White House has been engulfed with a stressful and uncomfortable mood as the Trump administration come to grips with defeat.
Insiders said that president Donald Trump is not dealing with the loss very well. White House staffers are working extra hard to keep the peace and get the White House ready for Biden to take over. The staff has also been lighting scented candles to keep a light atmosphere and hide the stinging smell of the fast food diet of Trump.
It is reported that Donald Trump is surrounded with loyalists, encouraging him to continue to challenge the election result. "His sons and closest aides have been egging him on, while no one else dares raise the delicate matter that he has lost and needs to consider life post-presidency. In his mind, he never looked past election day because he is superstitious and he thought it was bad luck," said one White House insider.
The Daily Mail recently revealed that "Insiders described the atmosphere inside the West Wing as 'manic, exuberant, energised and toxic', with some staff lighting rose-scented candles in an attempt to soften the environment – and to combat the smell of fast-food delivered to the President and his inner circle."
Sources close to the White House says Trump may never accept his loss of the election. He refuses to attend Joe Biden's inauguration, calling him a "phoney President" as he continues to protest that he was cheated in a fraudulent vote.
The outgoing president traditionally welcomes their successor to the White House, where they pose for photos in the Oval Office to formally hand over the residence. In this case, Trump will never do this and has accused his opponent of "trying to steal an election", claiming "there is tremendous corruption and fraud going on".
It is reported that Trump’s intention is to wage legal war, saying: "This is no longer about any single election. This is about the integrity of our entire election process. We will pursue this process through every aspect of the law… I will never give up fighting for you and our nation."
It is reported that Trump's team is planning a series of campaign-style rallies in order to boost support for his push to recount the election votes. Communications director, Tim Murtaugh, is expected to help push out "regular press briefings, releases on legal action and obviously things like talking points and booking people strategically on television."
Trump plans to brandish obituaries of people who have supposedly died but voted in the election as evidence of voter fraud.
As for the president, his inner circle have barely been seen in the public eye, inlcuding Vice President, Mike Pence, who has lent his name to emails soliciting money for Mr Trump's legal actions, and wife Melania and son Barron.