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Republican candidate Donald Trump declares he's "easily won" during a speech at the White House.
As the US awaits election results while vote counting enters the third day, the current President delivered remarks in Washington DC.
He said: “If you count the legal votes I easily won. If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us.”
The statement is the first time the President has spoken publicly in 36 hours.
This comes after Mr Trump demanded the vote count be stopped in multiple states, and claimed himself as the winner despite votes still being tallied.
Discussing his statement, ABC reporter Kyra Phillips said he seemed "defeated" despite saying he has won.
She said he looked "low energy, sad, depressed and defeated" during the appearance.
His comments have caused further civil unrest as protesters demand for every vote to be counted.
Earlier, Democratic candidate Joe Biden asked for Americans to "stay calm" as votes continue to be counted in crucial states, such as Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania.
It comes as Donald Trump's campaign sued Philadelphia County's Board of Elections, seeking an emergency injunction barring it from counting ballots so long as Republican observers are not present as it said was required under Pennsylvania law, reports Mirror Online.
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Shortly after the statement, Vice President Mike Pence tweeted: "I Stand With President @realDonaldTrump. We must count every LEGAL vote."
Throughout this week, the Daily Star Online will be bringing you all the big news, and some of the quirkiest, from 2020's US election. You can read more of our coverage here.
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