Obama tells Trump to 'stop whining' about vote

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 18, 2016 12:42 PM



President Barack Obama gestures during a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Washington) --  President Obama is delivering a sharp rebuke to Donald Trump for his unsupported claims that the presidential election is being rigged against him. 

Obama says the Republican nominee needs to "stop whining'' and go make his case to voters.  

The president spoke during a news conference Tuesday with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the White House.  

He said there is simply no evidence of widespread fraud, and it says a lot about Trump that he's complaining even before the election takes place. 

Obama said that if a candidate starts whining before the game is over, "then you don't have what it takes to be in this job.''  

He is stressing that elections are run by state and local officials who come from both major political parties. 

Obama is playing down reports that a senior State Department official had asked the FBI last year to reduce the classification of an email from Hillary Clinton's private server.  

He said some of the "more sensational implications or appearances'' related to the report "are not based on actual events.''

The president said those types of interactions "happen a lot.''

Trump has said the FBI records show a "criminal act.'' But Obama says that notion is "just not true.''  

The records indicated there were discussions about a deal that would have allowed the FBI to deploy more agents in foreign countries in exchange for the classification change. State and FBI officials say there was never a deal.  

Obama also says Trump's flattery of Russian leader Vladimir Putin is "unprecedented'' in American politics. He says it's "out of step'' with values that the rest of the U.S. political establishment has long held.  

The president is expressing dismay not only at Trump's approach toward Putin, but at the way that many other Republican officeholders are falling in line with the Republican presidential nominee's stance. 

He said that while Trump rarely surprises him anymore, he's "much more surprised and troubled'' that Republican officials now seem to echo Trump's attitudes toward Russia. 

The president added, "It's quite a reversal. You'll have to ask them to explain it.''

Trump is claiming that if he doesn't win the presidential election, "history will remember 2017 as the year America lost its independence.''  

He unleashed a series of tweets Tuesday suggesting that he will ``(hash)DrainTheSwamp'' of corrupt Washington. 

It comes the day after he discussed his government ethics reform plan, which includes tighter restrictions on former members of Congress and ex-White House officials taking jobs as lobbyists.

Trump has repeatedly called for Americans to reclaim their independence and has linked his candidacy to the "Brexit'' vote in which the United Kingdom chose to leave the European Union. 

His remarks also come as he doubles down on his unsubstantiated claims that the election will be "rigged

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