'The president is humiliated' and doesn't want to be seen in public: CNN's John Harwood
Donald Trump (Mandel Ngan:AFP)

CNN White House correspondent John Harwood on Friday said that President Donald Trump has not spoken in public for the past eight days because he's simply too embarrassed about his defeat at the hands of President-elect Joe Biden.

While talking with CNN host Jim Sciutto, Harwood explained why the president has completely disappeared from the public eye even though the novel coronavirus pandemic has been setting records for infections and hospitalizations over the last week.

"The president is humiliated by the outcome," Harwood explained. "He understands that he has lost the election, but he does not want to face that music publicly, so he's been hiding out in the White House, hasn't been talking before cameras as he typically does every day for a week now."

Harwood also said that the president is desperately trying to maintain some kind of relevance in the public eye, which is why he's trying to convince his supporters that the election was stolen from him.

"He's throwing up these bogus lawsuits which aren't going anywhere, which are getting tossed out of court as fast as he files them to try to string this out," he said. "He's fundraising for his political action committee as well as his legal fund, and he's trying to create... a sense of grievance going forward so he will have something to rally his supporters around."

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