US President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday, apparently for the first time, that his rival, Joe Biden, had won the November 3 presidential election, but repeated his false claims of fraud in the election.
“He won because the election was rigged,” Trump twitted.
The political stalemate delaying the transition to the handover of leadership to the administration of US President-elect Joe Biden continued on Sunday, after a day in which tens of thousands of President Donald Trump’s supporters poured into the streets of the US capital to echo his false claims of electoral fraud.
Democrat Biden, the former vice president, spent days observing with his advisers, studying ministerial appointments in his administration, receiving congratulatory calls from world leaders, and mapping out the policies he would pursue after he was sworn in on Jan.20.
He is expected to continue his meetings with his advisers on Sunday.
On the other hand, the Republican Trump refused to concede defeat and continued unsupported claims about tampering, which disrupted the usual procedures for preparing for a new administration.
His campaign filed legal cases demanding the annulment of the election results in several states without achieving success.
Legal experts say there is little chance that these lawsuits will change the outcome of the elections that took place on November 3.
Democratic and Republican election officials said there was no evidence of major irregularities.
The “Make America Great Again a Millionaire March” called for by the Trump campaign drew large numbers of his flag-waving supporters to central Washington on Saturday.
Trump posted a tweet on Twitter: “Hundreds of thousands are showing support in the capital.
They will not be silent about corrupt rigged elections”.
However, most estimates of participation were much lower than the number given by Trump.
The president’s motorcade drove past protesters on his way to his golf course in Virginia and waved from his back seat to them chanting.
The march was largely peaceful, despite numerous quarrels between supporters of Trump and anti-protest protesters that continued until after dark.
The city’s fire department and emergency medical services said a person was stabbed and taken to a medical center for treatment.
The Washington Post reported that the accident occurred during a scuffle after 8 pm.
The police arrested at least ten people and accused some of them of committing attacks.
Biden had won 306 votes in the electoral college that determines the winning president, according to the Edison Research Center, which is much more than the required limit of 270 votes.
In the 2016 elections, Trump received the same number of electoral college votes in front of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, describing his victory as “overwhelming” even though she received more votes than the popular vote.
Biden also beat Trump in the popular vote, although few states still count, with 5.5 million more votes than Trump.
Aides said Trump and his advisers discussed potential media projects that would keep him in the limelight before a possible bid for the presidency in 2024.
However, his public allegations of fraud prevented Biden and his team from obtaining government funding and facilities normally available to the new president to ensure a smooth transition of power.
Ron Klein, who was chosen as Biden chief of staff at the White House last week, said a rapid transition of power was necessary to ensure the government was ready to implement a potential coronavirus vaccination program early next year.
The disease has killed more than 244,000 people in the United States since the pandemic began.
From his part, John Bolton, the former national security advisor in the administration of President Donald Trump, has warned that the latter may cause “great harm” to national security, expressing his fear that he will “not go quietly” after losing the presidential election to Joe Biden.
Bolton told CNN: “A lot of people think or at least hope that he (Trump) will realize that he lost and will go quietly, but I am afraid that the reaction will be exactly the opposite”.
He added, “I think, and I am speaking as a Republican, the way to contain damage is not just for the country, but for the party, is for Republican leaders to speak up, as some do now, to acknowledge reality and realize that Joe Biden is the president-elect”.
Regarding allegations of election fraud, which Trump echoes, Bolton said: “We have heard since the elections about tremendous evidence that would have shown fraud and great conspiracy, but we have not seen that yet, and I do not think there is anything”.
He added, “I think that the longer this matter lasts, the worse it will be for the United States and its reputation at the international level in particular, when they see a president separated from reality more than he was before”.
On US national security, Bolton said: “I think there is a lot of harm that he can do,” and he referred to Trump’s dismissal of Defense Secretary Mark Esper, considering that the decision appears to be due to personal motives and may have “serious damage”.
He said, “This is the time when the opponents of the United States hope that our attention will turn, to exploit us in one way or the other”.