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Trump 'watching closely' as Florida races head to recounts

Trump 'watching closely' as Florida races head to recounts
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President TrumpDonald TrumpUS, South Korea reach agreement on cost-sharing for troops Graham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump 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 NelsonThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Divided House on full display Florida Democrats mired in division, debt ahead of 2022 Centrist Democrats pose major problem for progressives 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 DeSantisRon DeSantisIt will be Vice (or) President Harris against Gov. DeSantis in 2024 — bet on it DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Top Florida Democrat calls on FBI to investigate DeSantis over vaccine distribution MORE (R) remain uncalled, while Gillum rescinded his concession in the race Saturday as his deficit behind DeSantis in the vote tally shrunk.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.”