Trump backtracks on acknowledging Biden win

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday appeared to briefly acknowledge publicly for the first time that President-elect Joe Biden won the election.

In a morning tweet, Trump, who was seen golfing for the second day in a row, said quote "He won because the Election was Rigged," referring to Biden as he repeated an allegation that has been debunked by election officials of both parties around the country, who have said there is no evidence of major irregularities.

Trump later backtracked -- however -- tweeting “I concede NOTHING!"

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

Seeking to overturn the 2020 election results in several states, the Trump campaign has filed a flurry of lawsuits, though without success. And legal experts have said the litigation stands little chance of altering the election's outcome.

Thus far, most Republican officials and lawmakers -- such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell -- have declined to recognize Biden as the president-elect and publicly backed Trump’s attempt to contest the election results.

President Barack Obama weighed in on Republican lawmakers' support of the president, in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning.

"And that has been disappointing. But it's been sorta par for the course during these four years. They obviously didn't think there was any fraud going on cause they didn't say anything about it for the first two days. But there's damage to this..."

Meanwhile -- U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s top aide Ron Klain on Sunday called on the General Services Administration -- headed by a Trump appointee -- to formally recognize Biden as winner of the 2020 presidential election.

A move that would allow the team to gain access to government office space and funding normally afforded to an incoming administration to ensure a smooth transition.

Speaking on NBC's Meet the Press, Klain said it is critical for the agency to formally acknowledge Biden as the winner to ensure that the president-elect receives intelligence briefings describing national security threats before taking office and to facilitate coordination with the White House coronavirus task force.

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- US President Donald Trump on Sunday appeared to briefly acknowledge publicly for the first time that President-elect Joe Biden won the election. In a morning tweet, Trump, who was seen golfing for the second day in a row, said, quote "he won because the election was rigged," referring to Biden, as he repeated an allegation and has been debunked by election officials of both parties around the country, who have said there is no evidence of major irregularities.

Trump later backtracked, however, tweeting, quote, "I concede nothing." Former Vice President Biden defeated Trump by winning a series of battleground states that the Republican incumbent had won in 2016.

DONALD TRUMP: Whatever happens in the future, who knows?

- Seeking to overturn the 2020 election results in several states, the Trump campaign has filed a flurry of lawsuits, though without success. And legal experts have said the litigation stands little chance of altering the election's outcome.

MITCH MCCONNELL: President Trump.

- Thus far, most Republican officials and lawmakers, such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have declined to recognize Biden as the President-elect and have publicly backed Trump's attempt to contest the election results.

BARACK OBAMA: There is no legal basis. There's no--

GAYLE KING: But he's getting support from members of the Republican Party who are not challenging him.

- President Barack Obama weighed in on Republican lawmakers' support of the president in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning.

BARACK OBAMA: And that has been disappointing.

GAYLE KING: Yeah.

BARACK OBAMA: But it's been sort of par for the course during these four years. They obviously didn't think there was any fraud going on, because they didn't say anything about it for the first two days. But there's damage to this.

- Meanwhile, President-elect Biden's top aide Ron Klain on Sunday called on the General Services Administration, headed by a Trump appointee, to formally recognize Biden as winner of the 2020 presidential election, a move that would allow the team to gain access to government office space and funding normally afforded to an incoming administration to ensure a smooth transition. Speaking on NBC'S Meet the Press, Klain said it is critical for the agency to formally acknowledge Biden as the winner to ensure that the President-elect receives intelligence briefings describing national security threats before taking office and to facilitate coordination with the White House coronavirus task force.