WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump worked to withdraw an apparent acceptance that Joe Biden won the White House And clarifying that he would keep trying to reverse the election result.
Trump’s earlier comments on Sunday gave hope to some critics and supporters that the White House is ready to begin work on a transition with Biden’s team. Not so soon, Trump soon assured.
Trump used Biden’s name without saying he “won” as part of a tweet that made unfounded claims about the “rigorous” election. But as the Republican president saw how his comments were being interpreted as his first public acceptance of a Biden victory, he quickly reversed course.
“He only won in the eyes of FAKE NEWS MEDIA,” Trump later tweeted. “I did not accept anything! We have a long way to go. This was an organized election! “
There was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election. In fact, election officials from both political parties publicly stated that the election went well, and international observers confirmed that there was no serious irregularity. Trump’s campaign has tried to overcome legal challenges across the country, But many lawsuits have been thrown out and none have included any evidence that the result could be reversed.
Biden, a Democrat, defeated Trump by winning a trio of battlegrounds: Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and topped the 270 electoral vote threshold to secure the presidency. Biden has 78.8 million votes so far, the most by a victorious candidate, against Trump’s 73.1 million.
“If the president is ready to start recognizing that reality, then it’s positive,” Ron Clann, Biden’s incoming chief, Told NBC’s “Meet the Press”. Still, Klan said, “Joe Biden is not President or not President in Donald Trump’s Twitter feed. The American people did the same.”
Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, a Republican governor, said “it was really cool”, to see Trump’s tweet that Maiden won. “I think this is the beginning of an acknowledgment. … We want to make sure the transition goes smoothly,” Hutchinson said on NBC.
Nearly two weeks after Election Day, Trump neither called Biden nor made a formal concession and White House officials insisted they were preparing for a second term.
Former President Barack Obama said in an interview conducted and broadcast on Sunday in CBS “60 Minutes” that he would remind Trump that as president, he is a public servant and a temporary occupant of office.
Obama said, “When your time is up, it’s your job to put the country first and think beyond your own ego, and your interests, and your disappointments.” “My advice to President Trump is, if you want this late stage in the game to be remembered as someone who puts the country first, then it’s time for you to do the same thing.”
Obama also criticized Republicans who were going along with Trump’s false claims of widespread voter fraud..
“I am more troubled by the fact that other Republican officials who clearly know better that going along with it are humiliating them in this way. It is not only the incoming Biden administration, but the handing over of democracy in general There is one more step. And it is a dangerous path, ”he said.
In recent times, Trump appeared close to acknowledging the reality of his loss. In a Friday comment in the Rose Garden about the coronovirus vaccine, Trump said his administration would not “go into lockdown” to slow the spread of COVID-19, adding that “all that in the future It also happens, he knows which administration it is? Maybe I think time will tell. “
Trump on Sunday renewed his attacks on an election technology firm, the Dominion voting system, without evidence of any serious irregularities. Dominion has stated that it “denies claims about any vote switching or alleged software issues with our voting system.”
The federal agency Cyberspace and Infrastructure Security Agency, which oversees US election security, said in a statement last week that the “November 3 election was the safest in US history.”. “There is no evidence that any voting system removed or lost votes, changed votes, or was compromised in any way,” the agency said.
Trump’s former national security adviser, John Bolton, said Republican party leaders needed to convince voters that Trump lost and his claims of election fraud are unfounded. Bolton left the administration last year. He says that he resigned; Trump says he fired Bolton.
“I think as it happens every day, it’s clear and unambiguous. There’s no evidence. But if Republican voters are only listening to Donald Trump’s misrepresentation, it’s not surprising that they believe it , “ABC’s” This Week “Bolton said.” “It’s important for other Republican leaders to stand up and explain what exactly happened. Donald Trump has lost any evidence we have so far as a free and fair There was an election. “
None of these were Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, who is helping lead Trump’s national legal front over the electoral challenge. In a television appearance that Trump previewed on Twitter after his morning tweet, Giuliani denied Trump – “No, no, no, far from it.”
“I think, ul Giuliani told Fox News Channel’s” Sunday Morning Futures “,” “You’ll call it sarcastic.”
Wil Weisser, author of the Associated Press in Wilmington, Delaware, and Zeke Miller in Washington contributed to this report.