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Trump slams recount push as ‘a scam,’ says election is over

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    President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday condemned a growing push to force recounts in three states pivotal to his Nov. 8 victory, confronting the Green Party-backed effort for the first time even as he worked to address key Cabinet vacancies.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. >> President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday condemned a growing push to force recounts in three states pivotal to his Nov. 8 victory, confronting the Green Party-backed effort for the first time even as he worked to address key Cabinet vacancies.

The New York billionaire, who charged the election was “rigged” on a daily basis before his victory, called the developing recount effort “a scam” in a statement released by his transition team.

Trump had been ignoring Green Party nominee Jill Stein’s fight to revisit vote totals in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Wisconsin officials announced late Friday they are moving forward with the first presidential recount in state history.

“The people have spoken and the election is over,” Trump declared Saturday. He added, “We must accept this result and then look to the future.”

At the same time, Trump was scrambling to address unfilled administration jobs, having barely scratched the surface of creating the massive team needed to run the government before his Jan. 20 inauguration.

Experts say presidential transitions are periods of great vulnerability for the nation, and among the vacancies on the Trump team are leaders of the departments of State, Defense and Homeland Security.

Trump, who has virtually no experience in foreign affairs, offered a one-line tweet Saturday morning in reaction to the death of Cuban leader Fidel Castro — “Fidel Castro is dead!” — before issuing a more detailed statement.

“While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve,” Trump said.

His transition team did not respond to requests to clarify his Cuba policy, which was inconsistent during the campaign.

The incoming president paid little if any attention Stein’s recount push, but Democratic rival Hillary Clinton forced his hand on Saturday by formally joining the effort. Stein, who drew 1 percent of the vote nationally, is raising millions of dollars to fund the recounts.

“Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves,” Clinton campaign attorney Marc Elias wrote Saturday in blog post. “But now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides.”

Elias said Clinton would take the same approach in Pennsylvania and Michigan if Stein were to follow through with recount requests those states, even though that was highly unlikely to change the election outcome.

“Regardless of the potential to change the outcome in any of the states, we feel it is important, on principle, to ensure our campaign is legally represented in any court proceedings and represented on the ground in order to monitor the recount process itself,” Elias wrote.

Clinton leads the national popular vote by close to 2 million votes, but Trump won 290 electoral votes to Clinton’s 232, with Michigan still too close to call. It takes 270 to win the presidency.

Trump, who repeatedly challenged the integrity of the U.S. election system before his win, called the recount push “a scam by the Green Party for an election that has already been conceded.”

“The results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused, which is exactly what Jill Stein is doing,” he said in the statement, which didn’t mention Clinton’s involvement.

Trump was spending the Thanksgiving holiday weekend with family at his Palm Beach estate, Mar-a-Lago. He had planned to focus on filling key administration posts over the working vacation. On Friday, he named Fox News analyst Kathleen Troia “KT” McFarland as deputy national security adviser and appointed campaign attorney Donald McGahn as White House counsel.

McFarland has worked for three presidents, although none since Ronald Reagan. Fox News said Saturday that her contract has been terminated in light of the appointment.

Trump planned to return to his New York home on Sunday ahead of a series of Monday meetings with prospective administration hires, including Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. He’s seen as a possible Homeland Security pick. Clarke’s vocal opposition to the “Black Lives Matter” movement has made him popular with many conservatives.

Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence also have Monday meetings scheduled with Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., former Security and Exchange Commission commissioner Paul Atkins, World Wide Technology chairman David Steward and General Growth Properties CEO Sandeep Mathrani.

Internal divisions over his choice for secretary of state have delayed that critical decision. The options include former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who lacks foreign policy experience, but was intensely loyal to Trump, and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who aggressively opposed Trump’s candidacy but is largely regarded as more qualified. Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker is also a possibility.

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  • The story is only interesting because the president-elect had said the Electoral College was rigged…would not clarify if he would accept the results of the election (thought to be fair he did say he would accept the results, if he won…), and had made a lot of noise regarding the election results because he felt he would win the popular vote.

    • That’s correct. He also doesn’t want any investigation into voting irregularities because it might be discovered the his commie friends in Russia might have hacked voting machines to help him…..

      • Who is “PantsSuit”? Oh! I get it now! You are so clever. Did you also invent the term “Killary”? Or HiLIARry? Because those are so clever and funny also….Did it take a long time for you to come up with those?….

        • Keonigohan – You remain obsessed as a sleuth to falsely attach incorrect identities to people. That’s one of the many ways that you lie on here.

          I bet you were a Junior G-Man when you were younger. I bet you still have the plastic badge!

        • hapaguy – Yes, very clever! He wrote that perhaps 500 times, and it was fresh and funny every single time!

          Criticizing a woman because of her clothing and appearance is very forward thinking. What better way to act in 1953?

        • klastri the Great Imposter…LOSER. Biggest liar I have ever met.
          Going to see America come back from the BIGGEST FRAUD…the one you put in office…shame on you for getting fooled TWICE!
          Gullible & Liar…that’s who you are.

        • Oh man klastri. You mouth is really running now. The hope is alive again for you so your prideful, boastful self just can’t help but get back on that train. You are really gonna be butt hurt a second time around of a good punch in the gut huh.

          All you liberal whining loser need to get a life and move on! Your attempts to destroy the United States have been defeated and will not move forward. Get it? Got it? Good!!!!!

    • Rytsuru, recommendation, President Donald J. Trump must just have Justice appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate the Clinton Foundation on January 20, 2017.

        • PoiDoggy, President Trump will not appoint a special prosecutor, the Justice Department or even the Congress will appoint one to look into the Clinton Foundation.

        • kuroiwaj – Unfortunately for Mr. Trump, his foundation is the one that has consistently violated the law. His latest IRS filing admitted that. It’s just a matter of penalty now.

        • @kuroiwaj, you were the one saying “Trump must just have justice appoint a Special Prosecutor.” I was replying to that statement. “He [Trump] will never appoint a special prosecutor.” Now you move the goal posts! “The justice dept or even the Congress will appoint…” Typical. So I will broaden. When Trump becomes president, during the first term of his administration, that is 2017 to 2020, there will be no special prosecutor appointed, by anyone, by any dept, to look into the Clinton Foundation. Or Clinton herself. There will be no investigation. Of any kind.

        • IRT PoiDoggy, justice is the U.S. Dept. of Justice. FYI, the FBI has been and continues to investigate the Clinton Foundation. It’s a on going investigation. The Congress also, continues to investigate the Clinton Foundation, it’s also an on going investigation.

          And, Klastri, agreed that the Trump Foundation did break laws and had to pay fines ($2,500.00) for them. At present, I’m not aware of any on going investigations on the Trump Foundation. Do you have any information?

      • If Felony-Shrillary succeeds in stealing the election from President Elect Trump with some “newly discovered ballots”, it would be appropriate for road side demonstrators to hold up a broom labeled “Air Force One.”

    • Yet it was the Democrats and Liberals were plastering the rhetoric of a rigged election as stupid and ignorant on the part of Trump yet it is the far Left who are pushing for a recount because they are crying foul about a rigged election. Then the Conservatives and Republicans are saying that this is ludicrous. Hypocrites, aren’t they all? LOL!!!

    • This story is actually far more interesting because it suggests that however flaky and far-out Jill Stein and her Green Party might appear at first blush, Stein has hit upon a truly excellent scheme to promote and enrich her party and herself, all the while raking in millions of dollars from passionate, desperate or just plain misinformed voters.

      I picture her as the hyena that makes off with the choice morsels after the top tier predators have savaged themselves silly.

  • Recounting votes will never make Jill Stein the President. This effort is obviously backed by Hillary. This is Hillary’s way of doing what she accused Trump would do. Hillary may as well use her campaign funds on this project because she won’t need them for any more elections in the future. Whew! America dodged a bullet in that race!

  • A recount is precisely what Trump would have sought if he had lost the election. How can this man, who cried “Rigged!” before the election was even held, assert in any way that a legitimate request for a recount is a scam?

    • Would you be ok if Trump had lost with his recount request? Were you critical of him like ALOT of people did for saying he wouldn’t accept the results if he lost?

      • Yes, I would be ok with that. It’s a legally available check on the system and is there for a reason. If Trump had lost and he had the option of asking for a recount, there should similarly be no qualms about his choice to utilize that option. I don’t see why people have to be so “absolute” in whatever position they take. It really is okay to disagree. We live in America and that is a very foundational part of our democratic system – as imperfect as it may be. There’s really no need to pounce on anything and anyone who happens to hold a view dissimilar to yours.

      • Um, Trump DID NOT lose. He is our PE remember. There is no need to live in a made up, what if world. You liberals all live in a cartoon fake world. Get a grip on what is really happening here, OK.

    • Btaim, memories are short, aren’t they? It was just a few days before the election when Hillary Clinton, President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, the DNC, and most Democrat politicians lambasted Trump for not saying if he would accept the results of the election and claiming that by not doing so Trump was attacking American democracy. Who is attacking democracy now? It is pure unadulterated hypocrisy. Trump should now announce that he has rethought his decision to not appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton’s email server scandal and that he now will do so. Lock her up!

      • Verifying an election is not the same thing as failing to observe the results of one that has already been verified.

        So you think that our President should be a vindictive piece of trash, and rule by spite and fear? It figures!

        • Klastri, our president is a vindictive piece of trash. That’s why Trump won. Get it?
          Come January 20, 2017 say good riddance and welcome our new President Trump.

      • Ronin006, do you also see hypocrisy in Trumps and some of his supporters response to the recount? Both sides continuously call out the other sides hypocrisy with valid points and reasons, my question is why can’t they use their valid points and reasoning to also see their candidates hypocrisy?

    • So you say. We will never know because Trump WON the election…remember. Your liberal loser, however, has taken the low road post election and refuses to accept the outcome. The ole’ liberal double standard at play again. Try as you may, the second attempt will only be twice as painful for all pathetic whining babies. I hope this time you all really leave the country as many have threatened. Oh wait, thats just more projection by liberals.

  • Although highly unlikely, if the recount changes the election it would throw our entire country into turmoil. I remember when Nixon lost to Kennedy, under extremely questionable vote counts, he conceded anyway, declining a recount as he didn’t want to hurt the country. Classy guy. Our country seems to lack politicians like him.

    • Well said, AhiPoke.

      And isn’t it a matter of supreme irony that 8 years later Nixon was elected to win “the splendid little war” in Vietnam that Kennedy ignited almost a decade earlier to divert public attention from JFK’s foreign policy debacles in Cuba (twice), Berlin (wall), Vienna (where Krushchev accurately sized him up as a loud mouth punk kid in WAY over his head), Laos and Tibet.

  • Out of the mouth of the guy who said he might not accept the election results if he didn’t win. Just shows his true character of being a spoiled, self-serving narcissist.

  • Trump’s just huhu because it turns out that quite a few states will allow a candidate to “buy” a recount. If the candidate can show sufficient reason and pay the charge imposed by the state, the state must perform one.

    But none of those states permit an opposing candidate to “outbid” the first one and cancel the recount! So Trump’s got no comeback except more lame tweets. Good! I want more of this season’s tremendously entertaining political kabuki.

  • USA enemies have us at a vulnerable point. The timely hacks, wikileaks russian assisted scams and the infiltration of the weak State election systems. They have been playing us with a myriad of IT espionage. That and the minions of deplorable voters (minority).

  • But, but, but, the election was rigged. He said he might not accept the results. His son met with the Russians in October. Putin hacked the DNC. How do we know the election wasn’t hacked? The 64 million people who voted for Clinton deserve to know that their votes have been correctly counted.

  • This should work into the libbies therapy sessions. Return to reality in stages so as not to go into shock after inauguration day.But after the last hope fades… DEPRESSION

    • Nope, no therapy sessions or depression. Just preparing to fight Mr. Trump at every turn. No better way to keep a mind occupied. Finding novel ways to throw sand in the gears of his programs is better than any therapy.

      • Klastri, you must be a commie. You should join your compatriot ikefromeli in Canada. Or maybe you don’t have air fare because you are a cheap alligator. Short on arms and brains, long on mouth. Start collecting cans.
        It’s become clear who the deplorables really are.

  • Mr. Trump is quickly finding out that he is not a king. It’s going to be a difficult education for him.

    Things are going to get much worse for him before it gets better – assuming it ever gets better.

      • It’s called being the opposition. That includes holding Mr. Trump to the law & Constitution.

        More than 200,000 people have joined the ACLU since the election. His violent mental illness has mobilized folks.

      • ahahahhahaahahahahahah. this is going to be really funny. I can’t wait to hear what klastri write when Trump is still our President. love it, bahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

        You are the greatest comedy act of all time klastri!!!!

      • The FBI has opened a file on klastri. Klastri, if you read this comment be careful. Look out the window. See any cars with government plates? Guys following you around with aviator dark glasses. Glitches in your internet server? Any suspicious activity?

  • Trump is a jerk. Isn’t he the one that stated during the campaign that it’s and I believe he would be doing the same thing. Take all he stated during the campaign you will he just tells lies. Just take the WALL which will never be built ant Mexico will not pay for it, he will not export all illegal immigrants etc. shouldn’t his wife be export or penalized for working illegally originally?? Mind you I like her and my statement is not against her but just showing trump is a Hippocrates. He supported the use of China with his clothing using steel for his project etc

  • …..I guess Sweet Hillary just sealed her fate.After this?You can bet Pres.Trump will indeed see that she gets indicted,charged and sentenced…Waaay To Go Dr.Jill Stien.smh

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