Fact check: Trump’s premature election victory claim

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Fact check: Trump’s premature election victory claim

We investigate key quotes from the president’s explosive remarks at the White House

James Politi and Kadhim Shubber

In an early-morning statement from the White House, US President Donald Trump falsely claimed that he had already won re-election, reviving concerns that he may not accept the final result if he is defeated.

The president vowed to block any further counting of ballots, even as state officials in several crucial battlegrounds with close races were still tallying votes.

The remarks made by Trump — who was surrounded by a group of top aides and supporters, as well as vice-president Mike Pence — break from the tradition of US presidential contenders waiting until a concession from their rival to claim victory. The comments were rapidly criticised by Joe Biden’s campaign as “a naked effort to take away the democratic rights of American citizens”...

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