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Walls close in on defiant Trump, as state officials reject fraud narrative

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WASHINGTON (AFP) — A defiant Donald Trump again falsely insisted he “won” reelection in his first public appearance for a week Friday, as the US president appeared increasingly isolated over his long-shot bid to stay in power.

Claiming against all odds that a path to victory remains viable, and facing pushback from fellow Republicans alarmed by his effort to overturn results, Trump invited Michigan lawmakers to the White House Friday as part of a bid to subvert the will of voters in key states.

But if he expected them to parrot the president’s line and publicly support efforts to overturn election results in Michigan — which Biden won by 155,000 votes — he was mistaken.

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The Republican legislators stood firm, saying they would honor the election’s outcome. Trump supporters rally at the Capitol building in Lansing, Michigan, November 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

“We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan,” the state’s Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield said in a joint statement after meeting Trump.

“Michigan’s certification process should be a deliberate process free from threat and intimidation,” they added.

The statement came after Trump made brief comments about the election while announcing new pharmaceutical pricing plans at a rare post-election address to reporters.

“Big pharma ran millions of dollars of negative........

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