President Trump said Friday he would continue to fight election results that showed him on the cusp of losing to former Vice President Joe Biden. Privately, people familiar with the conversations say, advisers are urging him to prepare for that eventuality.
Mr. Trump’s campaign on Friday named David Bossie, one of the president’s closest political confidants, to head up its legal team. The addition of Mr. Bossie, who isn’t an attorney, comes three days after polls closed and after some lawsuits challenging results had been dismissed while others remained active.
Some advisers have privately acknowledged there is little path forward, politically or legally, that would prevent Mr. Trump from becoming the first president to lose reelection in the 21st century.
Among the president’s advisers, finger-pointing over the campaign’s legal strategy has intensified in recent days, White House and campaign aides said. Aides have expressed acute frustration over what they see as a slapdash effort, complaining that—even though Mr. Trump spent months telegraphing his intent to fight the election outcome in the courts—there wasn’t enough planning ahead of Election Day and has been little follow-through on decisions made this week. For days after the election, advisers said they didn’t know who was in charge of the strategy….
On Thursday, campaign officials met with White House counsel Pat Cipollone and others to go through the campaign’s remaining legal options, a Republican official said. The group determined that the campaign had pursued every legal option at that point to challenge the results or voting methods.
On Thursday night, advisers warned Mr. Trump to prepare to lose, according to a person familiar with the conversation. He expressed little interest in that advice.