Photos capture election-night tension at White House as Trump family, aides watch lead fade away

A series of photos taken at the Trump White House on election night 2020 captures the suspense as Trump's family and top aides follow the election results and see Trump's early lead dwindle.
The photos, taken by a White House photographer and published exclusively in the book Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show, are a visual representation of testimony by senior Trump advisers delivered to the House Committee on Jan. 6 who shared this do not believe Donald Trump should declare victory on election night.
Lara Trump, Eric Trump, Bill Stepien, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Mark Meadows and Stephen Miller in a November 3, 2020 photo on election night at the White House published in ABC correspondent Jonathan Karl's book, Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show (White House)
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The photos show Trump's family and campaign team camped out in the White House map room.
PHOTO: A photo of the White House taken on election night, November 3, 2020, and published exclusively in ABC Chief Correspondent Jonathan Karl's book "Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show" in Washington. (White House)
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In this room in the basement of the White House Residence, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt followed the Allied movement during World War II.
Bill Stepien, Ivanka Trump, Lara Trump, Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. in a photo of the White House taken on November 3, 2020 on election night and published exclusively in Jonathan Karl's book, Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show.” (White House)
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Bill Stepien, Ivanka Trump, Lara Trump and Eric Trump are featured in a photo of the White House taken on November 3, 2020 election night and published exclusively in Jonathan Karl's book, Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show .' (White House)
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It's called the Map Room because some of the maps used by FDR are framed and hung on the walls.
For election night, however, Trump's political team transformed the room into a campaign room, installing large-screen televisions and placing them over FDR's maps.
PHOTO: A photo of the White House taken on election night, November 3, 2020, and published exclusively in ABC Chief Correspondent Jonathan Karl's book "Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show" in Washington. (White House)
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The photos capture the seemingly pained expressions on Trump's inner circle.
PHOTO: Left to right, Bill Stepien, Eric Trump and Jared Kushner in a photo of the White House taken on November 3, 2020 on election night and featured exclusively in the book, Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show, by ABC Chief Correspondent Jonathan Karl was published in Washington.' (White House)
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According to a source who can be seen in at least one of the photos, they were taken when campaign analysts, who were more confident earlier in the evening, feared Trump could lose.
PHOTO: A photo of the White House taken on election night, November 3, 2020, and published exclusively in ABC Chief Correspondent Jonathan Karl's book "Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show" in Washington. (White House)
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The photos show some of Trump's most prominent advisers, including Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Campaign Manager Bill Stepien, Senior Strategist Jason Miller, Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, and White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
Also in attendance are several Trump family members, including Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and Lara Trump.
In videotaped testimony released Monday by the House Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol, Stepien said Trump was "increasingly unhappy" on election night when the votes were counted and he began to lose
Stepien, Miller and other key aides urged Trump not to declare victory that night.
"My belief, my recommendation, was to say votes were still being counted, it's too early to tell, too early to call the race," Stepien said in a clip of his interview with the committee, which was taken during the hearing was played on Monday.
Trump, he said, "thought I was wrong" and would instead declare victory early the next morning at the White House, on the advice of Rudy Giuliani, who Miller said was "definitely drunk" on election night.
Giuliani on Tuesday challenged Miller's testimony and denied getting drunk at the White House on election night.
Jonathan Karl, ABC News' Washington correspondent, is the author of Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show.
Photos capture election night tensions at the White House as Trump's family and aides watch as the leadership disappears, originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

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