WASHINGTON — As leaders around the world continue to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden on his victory, the White House is pressing ahead with the belief that Donald Trump will have a second term.
“We’re moving forward here at the White House under the assumption that there will be a second Trump term,” White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Friday in an interview with Fox Business Network.
Navarro’s remarks echo those of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who on Tuesday predicted “a smooth transition to a second Trump administration” and come as Trump refuses to concede the election and his re-election campaign continues to fight the vote count in court.
“I think it’s really important, before people’s head explode here, to understand that what we seek here is verifiable ballots, certifiable ballots, and an investigation into what are growing numbers of allegations of fraud under signed affidavits by witnesses,” Navarro continued.
“My own view looking at this election, we have what appears in some sense to be an immaculate deception,” he claimed.
The president and his allies have repeatedly claimed that there was widespread “fraud” in the presidential race without providing solid evidence to support those claims.
His campaign says it has hundreds of affidavits from voters and poll workers who claim they saw ballots scanned multiple times and election volunteers filling out blank ballots, among other things.
But many of these cases of fraud have been thrown out by judges who have dismissed them as hearsay and even if these instances of fraud were proven, it would be unlikely to change the election outcome with Biden leading by tens of thousands of votes.
The government’s own Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on Wednesday also found there was no evidence that ballots were tampered with and concluded “the election was the most secure in American history.”
Trump’s campaign is continuing its legal fight in key swing states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania but dropped a suit in Arizona on Friday after finding Biden’s advantage in the state could not be overcome.
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