Trump tweets Biden ‘won’ but says election results were falsified

President Donald Trump has appeared to publicly acknowledge for the first time that his Democratic rival Joe Biden won the November 3 United States presidential election, but reiterated his false claims that the vote was rigged.

“He won because the election was rigged,” Trump tweeted.

“No vote watchers or observers allowed, vote tabulated by a radical left private company,” the president added.

Twitter flagged the tweet as “disputed”.

“I concede nothing,” Trump added in another tweet shortly after, his latest missive in his prolonged refusal to admit defeat and the latest indication the president’s “campaign is still very much committed in challenging the result of the November 3 election”, Al Jazeera’s Rosiland Jordan reported from Washington, DC.

Biden’s incoming chief of staff, Ron Klain, largely dismissed Trump’s apparent recognition of the former vice president’s victory in an interview on Sunday.

“If the president’s prepared to begin to recognise that reality, that’s positive,” Klain told NBC’s Meet the Press programme.

However, he added: “Donald Trump’s Twitter feed doesn’t make Joe Biden president or not president, the American people did that.”