Trump sees officials who had declined to certify Michigan’s election

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump met a delegation of the battleground state’s Republican leadership, including the Senate majority leader and House speaker to discuss issues about Democrat Joe Biden’s 154,000-vote margin from the election.

In a joint statement after the White House meeting, Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield said allegations of fraud should be investigated.

“We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan and as legislative leaders, we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan’s electors, just as we have said throughout this election,” they said.

“The candidates who win the most votes win elections and Michigan’s electoral votes,” they added, saying they used the meeting with Trump to press him for more pandemic aid money for their state.

Trump’s roughly hourlong meeting with the Michigan legislators came days after he called two local canvassing board officials who had refused to certify the results in Wayne County, Michigan’s most populous county and one that, according to the ballot tallies, overwhelmingly favored Biden.

AP said the two GOP officials “eventually agreed to certify the results. But following Trump’s call, they said they had second thoughts.” AP failed to reportl that Democrats had promised the officials that the Michigan Secretary of State would authorize an audit if they certified the election but afterwards refused to do so so the officials attempted to reassert their disagreement with the certification.

The Board of State Canvassers is to meet Monday to certify the statewide outcome and it was unclear whether Republican members of that panel would similarly balk.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters that the meeting with Michigan officials was “not an advocacy meeting.”

—AP stories contributed to this report.

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