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Trump says will accept peaceful transfer after balking

WASHINGTON 

US President Donald Trump said Thursday he will accept a peaceful transfer of power if his Democratic rival wins the presidency on Nov. 3 but insisted he wants to see “an honest election.”

“They try to take down a duly-elected, sitting president, and then talk about ‘will you accept a peaceful transition?’ and the answer is yes, I will, but I want it to be an honest election, and so does everybody else,” the president said during an News debate hosted at town hall in Miami, Florida Anadolu news reported.

He previously repeatedly balked at committing to a peaceful transfer, a hallmark of the US electoral system, over so far unsubstantiated claims of fraud tied to mail-in voting, which is being used at a likely historic rate amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump has repeatedly sought to frame investigations into his campaign, including potential collusion with Russia, as a deep state plot against him staged by Democrats and their sympathizers.

“It’s sort of ironic that you and them talk about the peaceful transfer when I spent three and a half years fighting off these maniacs,” he told host Savannah Guthrie. “Peaceful transfer? I absolutely want that. But ideally, I don’t want to transfer, because I want to win.

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