US President Donald Trump has said Wednesday that he will order a “major investigation” into voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election.
“I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and….even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time),” Trump tweeted on Wednesday.
“Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures!” added Trump, who claimed in an earlier statement that he would have won the popular vote if it were not for the millions of “illegal” immigrants who voted for his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
The Republican billionaire, who was inaugurated on Friday as 45th president of the US, scored about 3 million votes less than Clinton in their November 8 face-off. However, he was able to seal the victory by winning the Electoral College vote, 304-227.
In the run-up to the presidential election, Trump repeatedly accused the media of bias for not covering “a large-scale voter fraud” underway during early voting across the country. In addition, he called the election process rigged, and said the media was colluding with Clinton in order to beat him.
According to Trump, there were “serious voter fraud” issues in three US states — Virginia, New Hampshire and California — during the election, but the mainstream American media ignored it. Trump had repeatedly stated that “millions of people” voted illegally and said he would have won the popular vote if those “illegal” votes were discounted.
According to Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s former campaign adviser and now counselor to the president, Trump had been “receiving information” about people voting illegally.
The outcome of the 2016 US presidential vote has also been questioned by Democrats, who have blamed their defeat on foreign influence, particularly on the alleged Russian intervention in the election in favor of Trump. Russia has strongly rejected the Democratic allegations.—Agencies