Trump dis­misses Wis­con­sin re­count drive as ‘scam’

The Star (Kenya) - - News | World -

Repub­li­can Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump has de­scribed an im­pend­ing re­count of votes in Wis­con­sin as a “scam”.

Trump, who nar­rowly won the state, said the re­sults “should be re­spected in­stead of be­ing chal­lenged or abused”.

Green Party can­di­date Jill Stein had ini­ti­ated the re­count. She also wants re­counts in Michi­gan and Pennsylvania, cit­ing “statistical anom­alies”. Demo­cratic can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton’s cam­paign has said it would par­tic­i­pate in Wis­con­sin’s re­count.

Re­sults would need to be over­turned in all three states to al­ter the out­come of the Novem­ber 8 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. In a state­ment re­leased by his tran­si­tion team on Satur­day, Trump ac­cused Stein of try­ing to “fill her cof­fers with money” on the pre­text of ask­ing for do­na­tions to­wards a re­count.

“The peo­ple have spo­ken and the elec­tion is over,” the state­ment said.

Stein de­fended her re­count ini­tia­tive, telling CNN that “the point to drive home here is that hav­ing a se­cure elec­tions process ben­e­fits us all”. She sug­gested that she was open to look­ing at re­counts in other states.

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