International election observer says Trump's false election victory statement was an 'unprecedented abuse of his position'
- Trump's use of the White House to falsely claim a premature victory was an "unprecedented abuse of his position," according to the world's leading election observers.
- Michael Georg Link, who is heading an Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe mission to the US, said
Trump's claim that there is widespread voter fraud in the election was "baseless."
- The organisations said the US election had been "competitive and well managed."
The head of the world's leading group of election observers has accused Donald Trump of an "unprecedented abuse of his position" and described the president's repeated claim that there is widespread voter fraud in the presidential election as "baseless."
Michael Georg Link is leading a team of 30 election observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), tasked with assessing the delivery of the US election.
Speaking to Fortune while on his way to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Thursday, Link said President Trump's unsubstantiated claim that voter fraud was helping Democratic candidate Joe Biden was "undermining trust in the electoral process" and "confusing to everybody."
"The President, at the federal level, is not competent for the election. That is the exclusive competence of the states," he said.
"The fact that [Trump], as President of the United States, from the White House declared not only a premature victory— which he can't — and called for an end of the counting — which he of course must not do — is an unprecedented abuse of his position."
On Wednesday, the OSCE said that the presidential election had been "competitive and well managed," despite President Trump's unfounded allegations of cheating, which he repeated in a White House statement on Thursday littered with false claims.
"The campaign was characterized by deeply entrenched political polarization that often obscured the broader policy debate and included baseless allegations of systematic fraud," the organisation said.
"Baseless allegations of systematic deficiencies, notably by the incumbent President, including on election night, harm public trust in democratic institutions."
Trump was on the brink of losing the race to 270 electoral college votes on early Friday morning, with Biden closing in on victories in key battleground states Georgia and Pennsylvania.
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