WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is working to regain the obvious recognition that Joe Biden won the White House and made it clear that he would continue to try to overturn the election result.
Trump’s earlier comments on Sunday gave some critics and supporters hope that the White House was ready to begin work on a transition with Biden’s team. Not so fast, Trump assured soon.
Trump, without using Biden’s name, said he “won” as part of a tweet that made baseless allegations of “fake”
“He only won in the eyes of the FALSE NEW MEDIA,” Trump later wrote on Twitter. “I do not admit ANYTHING! We have a long way to go. This was a FILGED CHOICE! “
There was no widespread fraud in the 2020 elections. In fact, election officials from both political parties have said publicly that the election went well and international observers have confirmed that there are no serious irregularities. Trump’s campaign has tried to challenge legal challenges across the country, but many lawsuits have been dismissed and no one has included any evidence that the result can be reversed.
Biden, a Democrat, defeated Trump by winning three states on the battlefield: Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and headed the threshold of 270 electoral votes to run for president. So far, Biden has 78.8 million votes, the most of the winning candidate to 73.1 million.
“If the president is willing to start recognizing this reality, that’s positive,” said Biden’s incoming chief of staff, Ron Klein.told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Still, Klein said: “Donald Trump’s Twitter show doesn’t make Joe Biden president or non-president. The American people did that. “
Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas said it was “actually good” to see Trump’s tweet, which Biden won. “I think this is the beginning of recognition. … We want to make sure there is a smooth transition, “Hutchinson told NBC.
Nearly two weeks after election day, Trump has neither called Biden nor made a formal concession, and White House officials are pushing for a second term.
In an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes on Sunday, former President Barack Obama said he would remind Trump that as president he is a government official and a temporary office worker.
“And when your time is up, it’s your job to put the country first and think beyond your own ego, your own interests and your disappointments,” Obama said. “My advice to President Trump is that if you want to be remembered at this late stage of the game as someone who puts the country first, it’s time for you to do the same.”
Obama also criticizes those Republicans who cling to Trump’s false allegations of widespread voter fraud.
“I’m more concerned about the fact that other Republican officials, who clearly know better, agree with this, humorously in this way. This is another step in delegitimizing not only the incoming Biden administration, but democracy as a whole. And this is a dangerous road, “he said.
In recent days, Trump seems to be approaching acknowledging the reality of his loss. Commenting Friday at the Rose Garden on the coronavirus vaccine, Trump said his administration would “not block” to slow the spread of COVID-19, adding that “whatever happens in the future, who knows which administration will did it be? I guess time will tell. ”
On Sunday, Trump resumed his baseless attacks on electoral technology company Dominion Voting Systems, with no evidence of serious irregularities. Dominion said it “denies allegations of any vote changes or alleged software problems with our voting systems.”
The U.S. Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency, the federal agency that oversees the security of U.S. elections, said in a statement last week that “the Nov. 3 election is the safest in U.S. history.. “The agency said, ‘There is no evidence that any voting system has deleted or lost votes, altered votes or been compromised in any way.’
John Bolton, a former Trump national security adviser, said it was important for Republican leaders to explain to voters that Trump had indeed lost and that his allegations of election fraud were unfounded. Bolton left the administration last year. He says he has resigned; Trump says he fired Bolton.
“I think every day passes, it is becoming increasingly clear that there is no evidence. But if Republican voters only hear Donald Trump’s misconceptions, it’s not surprising that they believe that, “Bolton told ABC This Week. “It is extremely important that other Republican leaders stand up and explain what actually happened. Donald Trump has lost what, according to all the evidence we have so far, was a free and fair choice. “
Like none of this was Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, who helps guide Trump’s national legal front on the election challenge. In a television appearance that Trump watched on Twitter after his morning tweets, Giuliani denied that Trump was backing down – “No, no, no, far from it.”
“I guess,” Giuliani told the Fox News Channel of Sunday Morning Futures, “you’d call it sarcastic.”
Associated Press authors Will Weissort of Wilmington, Delaware and Zeke Miller in Washington contributed to this report.