Middle-east Arab News Opinion | Asharq Al-awsat

Trump Hints at Huge Fraud in Presidential Elections | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
Select Page
Media ID: 55363028

President-elect Donald J. Trump called out to the news media as Mitt Romney left the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., on Nov. 19. AP

Washington- U.S. president-elect Donald Trump said that millions of people voted illegally during this month’s presidential elections.

Although the Republican won the polls, his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton showed a lead of 2.2 million votes. Trump tweeted, “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”

These statements coincided with procedures taken to re-count votes in Wisconsin upon the request of Green Party candidate Jill Stein, knowing that Trump won in this state.

Trump referred in a Twitter post to “serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California”, wondering why the media doesn’t cover this. However, the U.S. elect-president did not provide any evidence for his allegations.

California’s top election official Alex Padilla said: “It appears that Trump is troubled by the fact that a growing majority of Americans did not vote for him.”

He added: “His unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud in California and elsewhere are absurd.”

Experts see that it is unlikely to reverse the election outcome because Clinton is behind Trump with thousands of votes in each state. In Wisconsin, Trump surpassed with 20,000 votes and 70,000 votes in Pennsylvania.

On another level, there seems to be complicated debates on the appointments in the new U.S. administration. Eyes are on the position of the secretary of state, which is the third position in the country since it represents the voice of the U.S. to the world.

Furthermore, Trump threatened in a Tweet that “If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the U.S. as a whole, I will terminate the deal.”

The deal was announced by U.S. President Barack Obama on December 17, 2014 and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro.