US Election: Trump ally urges him to accept defeat

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A prominent ally of Donald Trump, Chris Christie, has urged him to drop his efforts to overturn his loss to Joe Biden in the US presidential election.

Former New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, called the president’s legal team a “national embarrassment”.

Law TV reports that President Trump has refused to concede the election, making unsubstantiated claims of widespread electoral fraud.

Many Republicans have supported his legal efforts but a small but growing number have broken ranks.

Voting in the US election ended on 3 November.

Joe Biden is projected to beat President Trump by 306 votes to 232 when the US electoral college meets to formally confirm the winner on 14 December.

This is far above the 270 votes he needs.

Biden is set to become president at an inauguration ceremony on 20 January.

He said the Trump camp was often discussing election fraud “outside the courtroom, but when they go inside the courtroom they don’t plead fraud and they don’t argue fraud”.

Trump’s latest legal setback came on Saturday when a judge dismissed his attempt to have millions of postal votes in Pennsylvania invalidated.

In a scathing ruling, Justice Matthew Brann said his court had been presented with “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations”.

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