US Election 2020

Is it true that Trump's considering resigning and who said it?

As the election battle heats up, a controversial report claimed Trump is considering resigning in return for pardon on criminal charges. What's the truth?

Is it true that Trump's considering resigning and who said it?
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A disputed tweet claimed yesterday that Donald Trump will be resigning in exchange for immunity to criminal investigations. The claim, which is allegedly unfounded, has drawn viral pushback online.

The controversy began early on Saturday when the chairman of the Democratic Coalition and a frequent Trump critic Jon Cooper turned to Twitter to share a report from an account called @JewishNewsUSA alleging that Trump had a meeting with advisers about the possibility of stepping down from the presidency on the condition that he would be pardoned from charges of criminal wrongdoing.

“BREAKING: According to @JewishNewsUSA, @realDonaldTrump held a meeting this morning with senior campaign staff, legal advisors and his children to discuss his possible resignation,” he tweeted. “Resignation would be contingent on a pardon by Pence, and the dismissal of SDNY criminal charges.”

Twitter response, account suspended

The original tweet is no longer available, and the account @JewishNewsUSA has been suspended for violating the rules of the social network. The bio on the account used to read, "Jewish News Agency. BREAKING News, Features on global events affecting the Jewish community.."

Cooper's tweet was preceded earlier last week by another with a similar alleged scoop.

His claim instantly went viral , with thousands sharing and commenting on the post. The term SDNY was trending on Twitter on Saturday afternoon as speculation increased about what the motivation would be for a false rumour and plenty of satire, too.

So far no evidence has been presented to back the claim and Twitter have not offered a specific reason for the @JewishNewsUSA account suspension.

Jon Cooper: history of resignation rumours

This is not the first time that Cooper has fanned the flames of rumours that Trump would resign. As The Inquisitr reported, back in November 2019 he predicted that the president would leave office voluntarily before he could be impeached.

As it happens, Trump didn’t resign, rather maintained his innocence throughout impeachment proceedings for alleged interference with Ukraine and obstruction of justice. He was acquitted in a trial before the Senate.

Other spectators have also predicted Trump's resignation from office too in July and throughout the last four years even though the rumours have never amounted to anything more than pure speculation, or wishful thinking.

This particular resignation rumour came out at the end of a week in which Trump shows no sign of throw in the towel; amid on going stimulus bill negotiations, an election campaign about to reach fever pitch and controversy surrounding the transparency of Trump’s doctors as he continues to recover from covid-19.

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