Donald Trump attacks Hillary Clinton over Wisconsin presidential vote recount

Donald Trump attacks his former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton over presidential vote recount. Credit: Reuters

Donald Trump has called Hillary Clinton's Democrat campaign's decision to be involved in the recount of votes in Wisconsin as "sad" in a Twitter rant.

The President-elect took to the social media site to tweet quotes from his former Democratic rival where she urged acceptance of the outcome of the election even if "we may not have liked them."

Mr Trump accused Mrs Clinton of wasting time and money on the recount in Wisconsin which was initiated by Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

He wrote: "Hillary Clinton conceded the election when she called me just prior to the victory speech and after the results were in. Nothing will change.

"Hillary's debate answer on delay: 'That is horrifying. That is not the way our democracy works. Been around for 240 years. We've had free and fair elections. We've accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them, and that is what must be expected of anyone standing on a during a general election. I, for one, am appalled that somebody that is the nominee of one of our two major parties would take that kind of position.'"

"Then, separately she stated, 'He said something truly horrifying ... he refused to say that he would respect the results of this election. That is a direct threat to our democracy.' She then said, 'We have to accept the results and look to the future, Donald Trump is going to be our President. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.' So much time and money will be spent - same result! Sad."

Jill Stein is behind the campaign for a recount in Wisconsin. Credit: Reuters

Yesterday, Trump called the Green Party's request for a recount as a "scam" and accused Jill Stein of trying to "fill her coffers".

The election commission in the state of Wisconsin received a formal petition for a recount last week following Ms Stein's campaign.

She believes the voting systems are vulnerable to fraud, although admitted there is no hard evidence that any such activity had taken place.

Mrs Clinton's Democrat campaign had originally said they were not going to be involved in the recount, but yesterday announced they would be participating.

Marc Elias, Mrs Clinton campaign counsel, said in a statement on the Medium website: "Now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides."