US President-elect Donald Trump said Saturday that Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s request for a vote recount is “scam.”
“This is a scam by the Green Party for an election that has already been conceded, and the results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused,” Trump said in a statement.
“This recount is just a way for Jill Stein, who received less than one percent of the vote overall……to fill her coffers with money, most of which she will never even spend on this ridiculous recount,” Trumps said.
Stein filed for vote recount in the state of Wisconsin Friday, and promised to ask for the same in Michigan and Pennsylvania next week.
Trump won all three states by a narrow margin in the presidential election, leading his major rival Democrat Hillary Clinton with just over 100,000 votes in all three states.
Clinton’s campaign said earlier Saturday that it will join Stein’s effort to make sure the vote count is “fair to all sides.”
Stein won approximately one percent of the vote in each of the three states, but local media has reported that she raised over five million U.S. dollars to finance her recount bid, which is 3.5 million dollars more than what she raised for her presidential campaign.
Trump announced victory in the presidential election on Nov 9, after upsetting rival Clinton in several key states that were traditionally viewed as blue states, including Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.
The result sparked anger among thousands of Clinton supporters who staged mass protests across the country, and called for recounts.
Trump was spending the Thanksgiving holiday weekend with family at his Palm Beach estate, Mar-a-Lago. On Friday, he named Fox News analyst Kathleen Troia “KT” McFarland as deputy national security adviser and appointed campaign attorney Donald McGahn as White House counsel.
McFarland has worked for three presidents, although none since Ronald Reagan.
Fox News said Saturday that her contract has been terminated in light of the appointment.
Trump planned to return to his New York home on Sunday ahead of a series of Monday meetings with prospective administration hires, including Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.
He’s seen as a possible Homeland Security pick. Clarke’s vocal opposition to the “Black Lives Matter” movement has made him popular with many conservatives.
Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence also have Monday meetings scheduled with Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., former Security and Exchange Commission commissioner Paul Atkins, World Wide Technology chairman David Steward and General Growth Properties CEO Sandeep Mathrani.
Internal divisions over his choice for secretary of state have delayed that critical decision.
The options include former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who lacks foreign policy experience, but was intensely loyal to Trump, and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who aggressively opposed Trump’s candidacy but is largely regarded as more qualified. Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker is also a possibility.
Trump, who has virtually no experience in foreign affairs, offered a one-line tweet Saturday morning in reaction to the death of Cuban leader Fidel Castro — “Fidel Castro is dead!” — before issuing a more detailed statement.
“While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve,” Trump said.
His transition team did not immediately respond to requests to clarify his Cuba policy, which was inconsistent during the campaign.
With the world’s attention on Cuba on Saturday, Trump indicated his administration would do “all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty.”
During the campaign, Trump initially suggested he supported President Barack Obama’s moves to loosen the US trade embargo.
Trump reversed himself less than a month before the election, and said he would reverse Obama unless Cuba met demands including “religious and political freedom for the Cuban people and the freeing of political prisoners.”