Trump 'watching closely' as Florida races head to recounts

Trump 'watching closely' as Florida races head to recounts
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build Trump Tower in Moscow during 2016 campaign: report DC train system losing 0k per day during government shutdown Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees MORE tweeted Saturday he would be "watching closely" as Florida's Senate and gubernatorial races headed to recounts amid Republican accusations of improper actions aimed at Broward County election officials.

The president accused Democrats of "trying to steal" elections for two top positions in Florida this cycle, echoing accusations from Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), the GOP nominee for Senate.

"Trying to STEAL two big elections in Florida! We are watching closely!" he tweeted.

Scott argued this week at a news conference that "unethical liberals" were trying to "steal this election" and called into question new vote tallies from two counties in the state as his lead over Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonFlorida lawmaker diagnosed with pancreatic cancer Rick Scott threw party at Florida governor’s mansion after DeSantis and family had moved in: report Restoration of voting rights by felons marks shift in Florida MORE (D) decreased.

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“The people of Florida deserve fairness and they deserve transparency and the supervisor of elections is refusing to give it to us,” Scott told reporters.

“I will not sit idly by while unethical liberals try to steal this election,” he added.

Florida's Senate race, as well as the gubernatorial race between Andrew Gillum (D) and former Rep. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFlorida governor threatens Airbnb over West Bank settlements Florida governor announces sheriff's suspension over Parkland shooting DeSantis asks entire South Florida water management board to resign MORE (R) remain uncalled, while Gillum rescinded his concession in the race Saturday as his deficit behind DeSantis in the vote tally shrunk.

The president is in Paris this weekend, where he is expected to meet with President Emmanuel Macron as part of his attendance of annual Armistice Day celebrations in the city.

Trump and the Russian government have offered differing statements over the past week on whether or not he will meet with Russia's Vladimir Putin, who is also attending the celebrations, during his trip. A senior Trump administration official insisted on a call with reporters this week that “there’s nothing that’s right now planned or expected to be planned for pull asides or exchanges.”