White House rejects Trump remarks about 'rigged' election

White House rejects Trump remarks about 'rigged' election
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The White House on Monday redoubled its effort to undercut Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he will 'temporarily hold off' on declaring Mexican drug cartels as terror organization House Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Artist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 MORE’s claim that the presidential election could be “rigged” against him. 

“Not at all,” spokesman Josh Earnest said when asked whether the Obama administration is concerned the contest could be unfairly tilted against the Republican nominee. 

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Earnest noted that Trump’s own running mate, Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceSchiff asks Pence to declassify more material from official's testimony US Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy switches allegiance, joins Great Britain's team Pelosi to Democrats: 'Are you ready?' MORE, and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHouse Ethics Committee informs Duncan Hunter he can no longer vote after guilty plea Duncan Hunter pleads guilty after changing plea Trump campaign steps up attacks on Biden MORE (R-Wis.) have both rejected the notion that the election process could be rigged. 

Regardless, the spokesman sought to offer assurances that all of the November elections would be conducted in a free and fair manner. 

He said that Republican governors in “battleground states” would have no interest in rigging the elections against their own party’s nominee. Earnest referred to traditional swing states such as Ohio, Florida, North Carolina as well as reliably red states that Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonYang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations Top GOP legislator in California leaves party GOP senators request interview with former DNC contractor to probe possible Ukraine ties MORE is competing for, such as Georgia, Arizona and Pence’s home state of Indiana.

“The president is very confident in election officials in both parties in states all across the country” to make sure the elections are "conducted freely and fairly,” the spokesman said.

The White House has previously rejected Trump’s claim the presidential election could be rigged. 

But the embattled Republican nominee has been more frequently speaking of a "rigged" process, something that critics say could undermine the integrity of America’s democratic system and history of peaceful political transitions. 

“The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary - but also at many polling places - SAD” Trump tweeted on Sunday.