WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday condemned a growing push to force recounts in three states pivotal to his Nov. 8 victory, confronting the Green Party-backed effort for the first time even as he worked to address key Cabinet vacancies.
The New York billionaire, who charged the election was “rigged’’ on a daily basis before his victory, called the developing recount effort “a scam’’ in a statement released by his transition team.
Trump had been ignoring Green Party nominee Jill Stein’s fight to revisit vote totals in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Wisconsin officials announced late Friday they are moving forward with the first presidential recount in state history.
“The people have spoken and the election is over,’’ Trump declared Saturday. He added, “We must accept this result and then look to the future.’’
At the same time, Trump was scrambling to address unfilled administration jobs.