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US president-elect Donald Trump has described an impending recount of votes in the swing state of Wisconsin as a "scam" and said the results of the presidential election should be respected instead of being challenged or "abused".
The push to recount the votes was spearheaded by Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein, who is also seeking recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania.
The billionaire from New York, who continually claimed that the election was "rigged" before his victory, insisted in a statement that the results should be "respected, instead of being challenged and abused".
The president-elect alleged it was a way for Stein -- who has raised USD 5.9 million toward a USD 7 million target for the recount push -- to "fill her coffers with money".
"The people have spoken and the election is over, as Hillary Clinton herself said on election night in addition to her conceding," Trump said, a day after the Green Party candidate moved a petition for the recounting of votes in Wisconsin which was accepted by the State Election Commission.
While Trump has convincingly won the electoral college votes, the counting of votes has indicated that Clinton leads by more than two million popular votes.
"This recount is just a way for Jill Stein, who received less than one percent of the vote overall and wasn't even on the ballot in many states, to fill her coffers with money, most of which she will never even spend on this ridiculous recount. All three states were won by large numbers of voters, especially Pennsylvania, which was won by more than 70,000 votes," said the US president-elect.
The Green Party meanwhile dismissed Trump's allegations that it will not use the money raised for the purpose recounting of votes.
"For his information, this is all going into a dedicated and segregated account so that it can only be spent on the recount," Stein told CNN in an interview.
"He may be creating his own facts here as he's been known to do some times in the past. He himself said it was a rigged election unless he won it," she said.
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President-elect Trump slammed the Clinton campaign for
pushing for recounting of votes in certain states. In a series of tweets he said nothing would change.
"Hillary Clinton conceded the election when she called me just prior to the victory speech and after the results were in. Nothing will change," Trump said in a series of tweets this morning, a day after the Clinton campaign said that it is joining the Green Party's move to initiate recounting of votes in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Trump then quoted statements made by Clinton during the presidential debates.
"Hillary's debate answer on delay - 'That is horrifying. That is not the way our democracy works. Been around for 240 years. We've had free and fair elections. We've accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them, and that is what must be expected of anyone standing on a during a general election. I, for one, am appalled that somebody that is the nominee of one of our two major parties would take that kind of position'," Trump tweeted quoting Clinton.
"Then, separately she stated - 'He said something truly horrifying ... He refused to say that he would respect the results of this election. That is a direct threat to our democracy'. She then said - 'We have to accept the results and look to the future, Donald Trump is going to be our President. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead'. So much time and money will be spent - same result! Sad," Trump said.