NEW YORK — Coming off a holiday weekend in South Florida, Donald Trump unleashed a Sunday morning tweet storm on Hillary Clinton over her campaign’s decision to join a recount process on voting results in Wisconsin and perhaps other states.
“So much time and money will be spent – same result! Sad” Trump said in one Twitter post.
Trump, who spent Thanksgiving weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., expressed his recount displeasure before his planned return to New York City early Sunday evening.
More interviews for jobs in the Trump administration are planned for the coming week. Among the slots Trump is looking to fill: secretaries of State, Treasury, and Defense.
The president-elect’s comments about the recount capped a series of tweets in which he quoted Clinton’s criticism of a Trump debate comment that he might not recognize the results on the election should he lose. At one point, Trump noted, Clinton described refusal to accept the results of an election as “a direct threat to our democracy.”
The Clinton campaign announced Saturday it would participate in a Wisconsin recount sought by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, and may join Stein-backed efforts in Michigan and Pennsylvania. Officials cited voter concerns about Russian hacking and other forms of alleged voting problems.
While Clinton officials said they have seen no evidence of vote tampering, and do not expect the results in any state to change, they believe their campaign needs to be represented during any recount process.
In a post on Medium, Clinton general counsel Marc Erik Elias wrote: “Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves, but now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides.”
While Trump carried the states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin by a total of only around 107,000 votes, Elias noted that “the number of votes separating Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the closest of these states — Michigan — well exceeds the largest margin ever overcome in a recount.”
Clinton supporters raised concerns about possible Russian hacking of the election, though the Democratic team and the Obama administration have said there is no evidence of it.
Trump, meanwhile, charged the Clinton campaign with hypocrisy.
“Hillary Clinton conceded the election when she called me just prior to the victory speech and after the results were in,” Trump said in one post. “Nothing will change.”
Trump made some appointments and worked on other transition issues during his time at Mar-a-Lago, including what aides described as a 45 minute phone conversation Saturday with President Obama.
“They’ve been talking regularly on any number of issues,” Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said on NBC’s Meet The Press.
While Trump enjoys his conversations with Obama and “they get along nicely,” Conway also told NBC that “they disagree on many things. That’s not going to change.”
During a series of Sunday show interviews, Conway said Trump is also working with aides on how to avoid potential conflicts of interests between his actions as president and the many business interests he and his family have across the world.
“He has been talking to his lawyers, he’s been talking to ethics compliance folks,” Conway told Meet The Press. “Everything will be done the way it needs to be done.”
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