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Donald Trump snubs Obama by beating ex-president as America’s most admired man in poll | World | News

President Obama held the top position in Gallup’s survey of the US’s most admired man for the last 12 years. But in this year’s poll, Mr Trump snapped the top spot from the former president despite losing November’s US election. 

President Trump gained 18 percent of the survey’s vote while President Obama came in second place with 15 percent.

President-elect Joe Biden came in third place with 6 percent of the votes.

President Trump took to twitter after the Gallup poll results were released to claim that it proved he won November’s election.

He quoted remarks made by political commentator Mark Steyn, who has been filling in as a guest host on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight show.

Mr Trump tweeted Mr Steyn’s quote: “Barack Obama was toppled from the top spot and President Trump claimed the title of the year’s Most Admired Man.

“Trump number one, Obama number two, and Joe Biden a very distant number three.

“That’s also rather odd given the fact that on November 3rd, Biden allegedly racked up millions more votes than Trump, but can’t get anywhere close to him in this poll.

“No incoming president has ever done as badly in this annual survey.”

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President-elect Biden surpassed the 270-vote threshold needed to win the White House.

It brings Mr Biden one procedural step closer to taking office this month.

Despite President Trump’s refusal to concede, Mr Biden is set to be inaugurated on 20 January.

After the electoral college confirmed his victory, in a statement Mr Biden said: “In this battle for the soul of America, democracy prevailed.

“We the people voted. Faith in our institutions held. The integrity of our elections remains intact.

“And so, now it is time to turn the page. To unite. To heal.”

Since November’s election, Mr Trump and his aides have filed dozens of lawsuits in state and federal courts in an attempt to overturn the election results.

Many judges have dismissed the lawsuits and said the claims made by the Trump campaign lack merit.

In the election, Mr Biden won 7 million more popular votes than Mr Trump.

It was more than double the margin of Hillary Clinton’s popular vote victory over Mr Trump in 2016.

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