President Trump’s claims of election rigging and voter fraud have been denied by his own cyber security agency, which called this year’s vote ‘the most secure in American history’.
The Election Infrastructure Government Co-ordinating Council (GCC), part of the Department of Homeland Security, added in a statement: ‘There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.
‘While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the upmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too.’
Responding to Thursday’s statement, he said that Democrats have complained for years about unsafe elections but ‘Now they are saying what a wonderful job the Trump Administration did in making 2020 the most secure election ever’.
He added on Twitter: ‘Actually this is true, except for what the Democrats did. Rigged Election!’
Like many of his tweets since polls closed, Twitter attached a warning saying the ‘claim about election fraud is disputed’.
However, in only his second appearance since his defeat to the former vice president, Mr Trump sounded doubtful about his prospects of seeing out a second term, telling reporters ‘time will tell’ who occupies the White House come January 20.
Speaking yesterday at a press conference in the Rose Garden updating the public on his coronavirus vaccine drive, Operation Warp Speed, he said: ‘This administration will not be going to a lockdown.
‘Hopefully the, uh, whatever happens in the future – who knows which administration it will be? I guess time will tell.’
He declined to answer any questions following the presentation.
In their joint statement on Thursday, top government cyber security and election officials insisted there was ‘no evidence’ any voting system was compromised.
The statement’s authors include the presidents of the National Association of State Election Directors and the National Association of Secretaries of State – who run elections at the state level – and the executive committee of the government-industry coordinating council that includes all the major voting equipment vendors.
It came just hours after Reuters reported the agency’s director told associates he expects to be fired.
Christopher Krebs has drawn Trump’s ire over a CISA website named ‘Rumor Control’ that has debunked false claims about the election.
He has been vocal on Twitter in repeatedly reassuring Americans that the election was secure and that their votes would be counted.
As of Friday, most top Republicans were still supporting Mr Trump’s efforts to challenge the election process and results. But cracks were beginning to emerge in that support.
A number of GOP leaders were saying it was time for the White House to begin briefing Mr Biden on the latest intelligence reports so he will be prepared when he takes over on January 20.
Others added it was time to treat Mr Biden like the president-elect he is.
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, who endorsed Mr Trump’s re-election, became the latest Republican official to say what Trump and his allies refuse to accept.
He acknowledged that Mr Biden’s lead was getting ‘bigger and bigger by the day’ and Mr Trump’s legal options were dissipating, telling reporters: ‘Joe Biden is the president-elect, and I think like most Americans, we suspect he’ll be taking the oath of office in January.
Mr Sununu insisted there was no fraud in his state, which Mr Biden easily carried.
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