On Thursday evening while addressing Americans from the White House, the US president accused pollsters of interfering in the election process and Democrats of engaging in fraud – an unproven claim he has repeated throughout the week.
The elections in still remains too close to call as ballot counting continues in several key states.
“If you count the legal votes, I easily win,” said Trump, adding that if “illegal votes” are counted, “they can try to steal the election from us”.
President Trump did not provide any evidence to back up any of his claims. It was the first time he addressed the nation since election night.
The elections, a choice between incumbent Republican Trump and the Democratic challenger Joe Biden have seen a historic voter turnout of Americans.
Trump is currently projected to have won 214 electoral votes, according to The Associated Press news agency, compared with 264 electoral votes for Biden.
The Trump campaign filed lawsuits this week demanding ballot counting be suspended in several states that are key to winning the White House, while also talking about a recount in Wisconsin.
Rallies have been held by supporters of both contestants echoing the candidates; Trump’s backers want the count to be stopped, while Biden supporters are demanding that every vote be counted.
Earlier on Thursday, Biden urged people to remain calm as the ballot tabulation continues. “Each ballot must be counted,” the former vice president said from Delaware.