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Trump backtracks on acknowledging Biden won election, concedes 'nothing'

Biden defeated Trump by winning a series of battleground states that the Republican incumbent had won in 2016

President Donald Trump speaks about early results from the 2020 US presidential election in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Photo: Reuters
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President Donald Trump speaks about early results from the 2020 US presidential election in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Photo: Reuters

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President Donald Trump backtracked after appe­aring on Sunday to acknowledge for the first time that Joe Biden won the Novem­ber 3 election, saying he conceded “nothing” and repeating his unfounded claims of widespread voting fraud.

Biden defeated Trump by winning a series of battleground states that the Republican incumbent had won in 2016. The Democratic former vice president also won the national popular vote by more than 5.5 million votes, or 3.6 percentage points.

Trump made his conflicting statements in a series of Twitter posts.

“He won because the Election was Rigged,” Trump wrote on Sunday morning, not referring to Biden by name.

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First Published: Nov 16 2020 | 12:25 AM IST

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