Thursday 10/28/21
US ELECTION

Trump gives first post-election interview, refuses to concede

Trump lost the election to Joe Biden, a Democrat, but he has refused to concede even as an official transition to a new administration gathers pace.
FILED - 24 November 2020, US, Washington: US President Donald Trump pardons 'Corn' as the 2020 National Thanksgiving Turkey during the annual pardoning ceremony of the National Thanksgiving Turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House. Photo: Andrea Hanks/White Housevia ZUMA Wire/dpa
US President Donald Trump pardons 'Corn' in the Rose Garden of the White House. Photo: Andrea Hanks/dpa.

US President Donald Trump on Sunday gave his first live television interview since the 3 November presidential election, appearing on Fox Business News and repeating unfounded claims of electoral fraud.

In a telephone conversation that lasted around 45 minutes, Trump told Fox anchor Maria Bartiromo that the election was "rigged" and a "total fraud," but that judges don’t want to get involved.

Bartiromo encouraged the president during the interview, arguing that "this is disgusting" and "we cannot allow America's election to be corrupted."

Trump lost the election to Joe Biden, a Democrat, but he has refused to concede even as an official transition to a new administration gathers pace. He has instead opted to take the fight to court in an attempt to have mail-in ballots in key swing states thrown out.

Nevertheless, almost every lawsuit filed by the Trump campaign has been dismissed due to a lack of evidence.

Swing state Wisconsin

A federal appeals court in Pennsylvania on Friday dismissed the Trump campaign’s efforts to refile its lawsuit in that state, writing that the campaign’s allegations "have no merit."

The swing state of Wisconsin also finished recounting its vote on Sunday, confirming president-elect Biden's victory there.

Speaking with Fox, Trump acknowledged that it would be difficult to bring his allegations all the way to the Supreme Court.

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