Breaking: Trump declares himself winner of 2020 US election, vows to challenge official result at Supreme Court

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President Donald Trump Wednesday claimed he had won election, despite final results yet being given, and said he would go Supreme to dispute counting of votes.

“We did this election,” Trump said an extraordinary speech from the ceremonial East Room of the White . “This is a fraud the American public.”

The Republican, who according to initial results is a neck-and-neck race with Democrat Joe , said he would go to and “we want all voting to stop.”

He appeared to mean stopping the counting of mail- ballots which can be legally accepted by state election boards after ’s election, provided they were sent time.

The issue could become crucial in the tabulating votes in a very tight contest.

Democrats are widely thought to have cast mail-in ballots more Trump’s supporters.

Trump made his premature victory claim — unprecedented for a president — shortly after 2:20 a.m. (0720 GMT), as across the huge country worked to count the votes.

A record number of ballots were cast before Election Day, totalling more 100 million, due to fears of congregating in polling stations in person during the pandemic.

Trump began with a sometimes rambling statement expressing disappointment he had believed he was a road to certain victory but results then stopped coming in and the Republican-friendly state of Arizona was called for .

“We were getting ready for a big celebration. We were winning everything and all of a sudden it was just called off,” Trump said without fully explaining what he meant.

“This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to this election. Frankly, we did this election,” he said.

Trump said “we will be going to the Supreme . We want all voting to stop.”

There was immediate backlash from Trump’s own Republican backers.

“It’s a bad strategic decision. It’s a bad political decision,” Chris Christie, a Trump advisor said of the middle-of-the-night speech. (AFP)