PUBLISHED: 03:45, Tue, Dec 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 06:38, Tue, Dec 1, 2020
Speaking to a room of supporters including Rudy Giuliani, former New York mayor and one of the president’s most crucial backers, Mr Trump lashed out at the “scam” US election. He claimed to have won in the states of Arizona, Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – all states in which Joe Biden was declared the winner.
He refused to switch his focus onto a possible 2024 presidential campaign, vowing to continue his legal fight to overturn the election result.
He addressed the room via a mobile phone loudspeaker which was being held up to a microphone.
The President said: “We got 74 million votes – 11 million more votes than we had in 2016.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Donald Trump called the election 'rigged' and a 'scam' (Image: Chip Somodevilla / Getty)
“We were looking to get about 68 million votes and we said that would easily win. Well, we got 74 million and we didn’t win.
“But I know that we won Arizona, and we won Michigan, and we won Georgia, and we won Pennsylvania and we won Wisconsin.
“But what they did is they played games, and games like nobody’s ever seen before. This is the first time Republicans, or the first time anyone has fought back.
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Joe Biden is due to become the next US president (Image: Mark Makela / Getty)
“The 2020 election was rigged. It was scam, and the whole world is watching and they are laughing at our country.”
Mr Trump went on to repeat his claims that poll watchers had been banished from observing counts, saying they had been “thrown out” in some states.
He also claimed some people had turned up to vote, only to be told that their ballot had somehow already been counted.