President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE tweeted Saturday he would be “watching closely” as Florida’s Senate and gubernatorial races headed to recounts amid Republican accusations of improper actions aimed at Broward County election officials.
The president accused Democrats of “trying to steal” elections for two top positions in Florida this cycle, echoing accusations from Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), the GOP nominee for Senate.
“Trying to STEAL two big elections in Florida! We are watching closely!” he tweeted.
Trying to STEAL two big elections in Florida! We are watching closely!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2018
Scott argued this week at a news conference that “unethical liberals” were trying to “steal this election” and called into question new vote tallies from two counties in the state as his lead over Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonNASA, SpaceX and the private-public partnership that caused the flight of the Crew Dragon Lobbying world The most expensive congressional races of the last decade MORE (D) decreased.
“The people of Florida deserve fairness and they deserve transparency and the supervisor of elections is refusing to give it to us,” Scott told reporters.
“I will not sit idly by while unethical liberals try to steal this election,” he added.
Florida’s Senate race, as well as the gubernatorial race between Andrew Gillum (D) and former Rep. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisGOP tentatively decides on Jacksonville for site of convention DeSantis pushing to host Republican National Convention in Florida Florida bars and theaters to reopen starting Friday, DeSantis says MORE (R) remain uncalled, while Gillum rescinded his concession in the race Saturday as his deficit behind DeSantis in the vote tally shrunk.
The president is in Paris this weekend, where he is expected to meet with President Emmanuel Macron as part of his attendance of annual Armistice Day celebrations in the city.
Trump and the Russian government have offered differing statements over the past week on whether or not he will meet with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, who is also attending the celebrations, during his trip. A senior Trump administration official insisted on a call with reporters this week that “there’s nothing that’s right now planned or expected to be planned for pull asides or exchanges.”
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