Here's what Donald Trump has to say about the recount of votes in Wisconsin

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US President-elect Donald Trump appeared to be ignoring the growing push to force recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, following his election win.

There had been no tweets or statements released about Green Party nominee Jill Stein's fight to revisit vote totals - even though Wisconsin officials announced on Friday they are moving forward with the first presidential recount in state history.

But now, Trump has had his say about the recount efforts, in a statement released by his transition team. And guess what he's called it? "A scam".

He responded to the impending recount on Saturday, saying: "The people have spoken and the election is over.

"We must accept this result and then look to the future."

Wisconsin, along with both Michigan and Pennsylvania, was pivotal to Trump's victory on November 8. Stein, who drew 1% of the vote nationally, is raising millions of dollars to fund the recounts.

President-elect Donald Trump gives his acceptance speech
(John Locher/AP)

Trump, who repeatedly challenged the integrity of the US election system before his win, said: "The results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused, which is exactly what Jill Stein is doing."

He tweeted again, a few hours later: "The Democrats, when they incorrectly thought they were going to win, asked that the election night tabulation be accepted. Not so anymore!"

FYI, that was a response to Democratic rival Hillary Clinton formally joining the recount effort.

Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias said: "Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves.

"But 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."

Elias said Clinton would take the same approach in Pennsylvania and Michigan if Stein were to follow through with recount requests in those states - although it's highly unlikely to change the election outcome.

Hillary Clinton
(Cliff Owen/AP)

"Regardless of the potential to change the outcome in any of the states, we feel it is important, on principle, to ensure our campaign is legally represented in any court proceedings and represented on the ground in order to monitor the recount process itself," Elias said.

Clinton leads the national popular vote by close to two million votes, but Trump won 290 electoral votes to Clinton's 232, with Michigan still too close to call. It takes 270 to win the presidency.