The president is expected to meet with Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield — both Republicans — at the White House after requesting the visit, the sources said.
The move comes amid the Trump campaign’s ongoing fight over the outcome of the election in the battleground, with relentless unsubstantiated claims of fraud and a string of, so far, unsuccessful legal challenges to the results.
The White House declined to comment on whether the meeting would take place.
In a press conference Thursday, President-elect Joe Biden said Trump’s actions are going to be “another incident where he will go down in history as being one of the most irresponsible presidents in American history.”
“It’s just out of the — not even within the norm at all,” Biden added. “There’s questions whether it’s even legal. But it’s going to be interesting to see who shows up in this call to meet with the leadership.”
Trump’s effort to pursue a pressure campaign ahead of the state’s board of canvassers meeting on Monday, regardless if successful, is actively sowing doubt in the integrity of the election.
His brazen gambit in a state where he is trailing by the widest margin among the battlegrounds — more than 150,000 votes — follows a chaotic 48 hours in Michigan. The certification process in the state’s largest county was thrown into turmoil by repeated reversals from two Republican members of the county board of canvassers.
It also comes after members of his own legal team have openly suggested that their last recourse might be a GOP-controlled legislature intervening by overturning the will of the people and choosing their own slate of pro-Trump electors to