Trump says US WON’T lockdown while he’s in power and ‘time will tell’ who will win election in 1st speech since loss

DONALD Trump has spoken publicly for the first time since his election loss to Joe Biden as he continued to push claims of a "rigged vote" amid his crumbing multi-state legal battle.

The president took the podium in the Rose Garden at the White House on Friday afternoon shortly after he won North Carolina.

As announced by the White House, the president provided an update on Operation Warp Speed, an initiative he said was "unequaled and unrivaled anywhere in the world."

Trump claimed that other world leaders have called him to "congratulate us on what we’ve been able to do."

He revealed that the federal government has agreed to a $1.95billion deal with Pfizer to distribute 100million doses of the pharmaceutical company's Covid vaccine to Americans.

A Covid-19 vaccine should will be available to Americans by April – except in places like New York for "political reasons," Trump said.

The president then went on a tirade against Gov Andrew Cuomo, who he snidely criticized for mishandling the Covid outbreak at nursing homes throughout the state.

"We cant be delivering [the vaccine] to a state that won’t be giving it to its people immediately," Trump said.

He added: "I know the people of New York very well, I know they want it."

When speaking about the coronavirus, Trump said his administration won't go into lockdown.

For the first time, it appeared that the president also didn't insist he'd won the election.

"Whatever happens in the future who knows… which administration will be…," he said.

"I guess time will tell but I can tell you this administration won't go into lockdown."

Trump's update came as the US again shattered its pandemic record.

More than 153,000 new coronavirus infectionswere reported on Friday, according to the Washington Post, clocking the seventh time in nine days that cases reached alarming new heights.

At least 66,000 Americans were hospitalized for the virus.

Biden released a statement ahead of Trump's speech calling on Americans – "regardless of who. they voted for" -to continue practicing social distancing and washing their hands

Ahead of the White House's announcement, Trump doubled down on his "rigged election" claims against Democrats, whom he falsely claimed preached "how unsafe and rigged" US presidential elections have been.

He also thanked his followers for their "tremendous support" and praised the "organic rallies" being held around the country – namely the "Million MAGA March" set to take place in Washington DC on Saturday.

"For years the Dems have been preaching how unsafe and rigged our elections have been," he tweeted on Friday morning.

"Now they are saying what a wonderful job the Trump Administration did in making 2020 the most secure election ever."

The president also bashed Arizona and Nevada's use of Dominion Voting System, an electronic voting hardware company he baselessly claimed had deleted his votes in the western states.

Dominion Voting System said in a statement on Thursday that "there is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised."

Moments after the announcement, NBC News projected Biden won Georgia.

The Democrat's supporters clashed with fans of President Trump in front of the White House.

Both groups shouted at each other while brandishing signs and flags in support of Trump and the president-elect.

As Trump prepared his public remarks, his multi-state legal fight over the election results continued to fall apart.

CNN reported on Friday that Trump campaign attorneys have dropped their lawsuit seeking a review of all ballot cast on Election Day in Arizona.

A Michigan judge also rejected an attempt to block the certification of a Biden win in Detroit, according to CNN anchor Jim Sciutto.

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar asked a federal judge on Thursday to dismiss the Trump campaign's lawsuit, which she slammed as "desperate and unfounded".

Boockvar reportedly won't order a recount of Election Day votes because "no statewide candidate was defeated by one-half of one percent or less of the votes cast."

A six-hour evidentiary hearing was held by a state judge in Maricopa County, Arizona on Thursday.

The judge threw out paper and electronic affidavits the Trump campaign collected from voters after the president's campaign lawyer Kory Langhofer acknowledged that some of the forms were "spam", CNN reported.

"Since the close of yesterday's hearing, the tabulation of votes statewide has rendered unnecessary a judicial ruling as to the presidential electors," Langhofer wrote.

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