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Trump tweets claim millions 'voted illegally,' doesn’t provide evidence

In this Nov. 7, 2016 file photo, Donald

In this Nov. 7, 2016 file photo, Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally in Sarasota, Fla. Credit: AP

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - President-elect Donald Trump, with a flurry of tweets Sunday, leveled charges that there were millions of “illegally” cast ballots, along with “serious voter fraud” in three states, though he and his team did not immediately substantiate the claims.

“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,” he wrote on Twitter without providing evidence.

His representatives did not respond to requests for comment.

Later in the evening, Trump tweeted: “Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California — so why isn’t the media reporting on this? Serious bias — big problem!”

The president-elect lost in those states.

And though he clinched an Electoral College victory, he did not appear content with that result alone and tweeted that he could have won the popular vote, too, if he had campaigned differently.

Hillary Clinton has a growing lead of more than 2 million popular votes.

On Saturday and early Sunday, Trump also criticized a recount effort in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, accusing the Green Party of a “scam” in initiating the process.

He revisited Clinton’s quotes about accepting the results of the election in a series of tweets condemning the Democrat for joining the Wisconsin recount now underway.

“So much time and money will be spent — same result! Sad,” he wrote.

Trump sent the bulk of his tweets Sunday from his Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he spent his Thanksgiving weekend. He returned Sunday evening to New York City and will continue conducting his transition Monday at Trump Tower.

A transition team aide told reporters that Trump’s meetings Monday will include Sheriff David A. Clarke of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.

Trump’s chosen White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, said on “Fox News Sunday” that Clinton’s team had agreed to concede the race on election night and called their role in any recount efforts a “total and complete hypocritical joke.”

Meanwhile, a senior Trump adviser, Kellyanne Conway, said the president-elect and President Barack Obama have been speaking “regularly” since the election and “get along nicely.”

She told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Trump and Obama spoke on Saturday for “about 40 or 45 minutes.”

She said, “I can tell you from President-elect Trump’s side that he very much enjoys speaking with President Obama, talking about the serious issues that face this country and the world.”

The Sunday talk-show circuit also included discussions of Mitt Romney as a potential secretary of state. Others up for the appointment include former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, was openly critical of Trump during the president-elect’s campaign.

Conway doubled-down on her displeasure at the possibility of Romney’s appointment.

“I don’t think a cost of admission for party unity has to be the secretary of state position,” she told ABC’s “This Week,” adding that Romney “went out of his way to hurt Donald Trump.”

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