Trump will accept peaceful transfer, but wants ‘honest election’

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks at his South Carolina campaign kickoff rally in Bluffton, S.C., Tuesday, July 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Washington, Oct 16 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has said that he will accept a peaceful transfer of power following the November 3 election, but said he wanted an “honest election”.

“Peaceful transfer? I absolutely want that. But ideally, I don’t want to transfer, because I want to win,” The Hill news website quoted the President as saying during his NBC News tonw hall in Miami on Thursday night.

Trump’s remarks came after less than a month after he had refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he did not win the election, while adding that the result would be challenged in court.

The Republican-majority Senate has already passed a resolution reaffirming its commitment to a peaceful transition of power.

Despite a change of heart, Trump on Thursday night accused Democrats of failing to participate in a peaceful transfer when they “spied heavily on my campaign” and “tried to take down a duly elected sitting President”.

“And then they talk about, ‘Will you accept a peaceful transfer?’. The answer is yes, I will. But I want it to be an honest election. And so does everybody else,” he added.

For months, Trump has slammed mail-in ballots, a preferred method of voting this year in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The President has suggested that he would win the election if there was no expansion of mail-in voting, which according to him are “rigged” or “fraudulent”.

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