Trump walks back tweet saying Biden 'won' election

President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE on Sunday walked back a tweet in which he said President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation US records 2,300 COVID-19 deaths as pandemic rises with holidays MORE "won" the election while continuing to spread unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about a rigged presidential election. 

“He won because the Election was Rigged. NO VOTE WATCHERS OR OBSERVERS allowed, vote tabulated by a Radical Left privately owned company, Dominion, with a bad reputation & bum equipment that couldn’t even qualify for Texas (which I won by a lot!), the Fake & Silent Media, & more!” Trump initially tweeted in response to a clip from Fox News’s Jesse WattersJesse WattersTrump walks back tweet saying Biden 'won' election Trump rips ABC over Epstein coverage The Hill's 12:30 Report: Public impeachment hearings to begin next week MORE.


"All of the mechanical 'glitches' that took place on Election Night were really THEM getting caught trying to steal votes. They succeeded plenty, however, without getting caught," the president added in a subsequent tweet. "Mail-in elections are a sick joke!"

However, Trump said in a tweet later Sunday morning that his earlier post was not meant as a concession. 

"He only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA. I concede NOTHING!" the president wrote. "We have a long way to go. This was a RIGGED ELECTION!"


The hashtag #TrumpConceded was trending after the president's first post.


The tweets, like many of the president’s recent posts about the election, were flagged by Twitter as containing disputed claims about election fraud. The president has repeatedly falsely claimed that observers were barred during the vote counting process, and the campaign’s legal challenges have not claimed the software used in tabulating the votes affected the outcome.

Biden was projected the winner of the election by major media outlets more than a week ago after they declared him the winner in Pennsylvania. Since then, the former vice president has also been projected the winner of Georgia and Arizona.

Trump has thus far refused to acknowledge Biden’s victory, with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoBiden faces challenges, opportunities in Middle East O'Brien on 2024 talk: 'There's all kinds of speculation out there' Israeli military instructed to prepare for Trump strike on Iran: report MORE saying last week the department would “transition to a second Trump administration.”

The president last Friday did acknowledge at least the possibility of a Biden administration while discussing the coronavirus pandemic.

“This administration will not be going to a lockdown. Hopefully the — the, whatever happens in the future, who knows which administration it will be, I guess time will tell, but I can tell you this administration will not go to a lockdown,” Trump said.

Numerous Republicans, while treating the outcome of the election as still in doubt, have called for Biden to begin receiving presidential daily briefings amid the Trump administration's efforts to delay the start of the transition.

Updated at 12:02 p.m.