Trump still pushing to call winners before vote-counting is finished


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  • Wednesday, 04 Nov 2020

Former White House aide and current Trump campaign strategic adviser Boris Epshteyn and other Trump campaign personnel listen to U.S. President Donald Trump address his campaign staff while visiting his presidential campaign headquarters on Election Day outside of Washington in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., November 3, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

ARLINGTON (AFP): US President Donald Trump on Tuesday (Nov 3) again sought to sow doubt over the counting of ballots beyond Election Day, saying the country was "entitled" to know who won on the day of the vote.

"You have to have a date, and the date happens to be Nov 3," he said during a visit to Republican National Committee offices in Arlington, Virginia.

"And we should be entitled to know who won on Nov 3."

Trump was referring mainly to his disagreement with a US Supreme Court refusal to intervene in a decision allowing Pennsylvania to continue to count mailed ballots received up to three days after the election.

The move was made due to logistic complications as the country copes with the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to a flood of mailed ballots.

Pennsylvania is seen as an important swing state in the election, and both Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden have repeatedly campaigned there in recent days.

"You can't have these things delayed for many days and maybe weeks," Trump said as Americans voted nationwide and with more than 100 million people having cast early ballots.

"You can't do that. The whole world is waiting. This country is waiting. But the whole world is waiting."

Asked whether he had written an acceptance or concession speech, Trump said he had not.

"You know, winning is easy," he said.

"Losing is never easy – not for me it's not." – AFP
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