President-elect Donald Trump is claiming, without evidence, that millions of people voted illegally in the election he won, issuing the baseless claim as part of his angry response to a recount effort led by the Green Party and joined by Hillary Clinton's campaign.
"I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally," Trump tweeted Sunday. He later alleged "serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California."
Trump's transition team did not respond to questions seeking evidence of the claims.
Hours after Trump made the claim, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla called it "absurd."
"It appears that Mr. Trump is troubled by the fact that a growing majority of Americans did not vote for him,” Padilla said in a written statement. “His unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud in California and elsewhere are absurd. His reckless tweets are inappropriate and unbecoming of a President-elect."
There has been no evidence of widespread tampering or hacking that would change the results of the presidential contest between Trump and Clinton.
Trump was scheduled to hold a series of meetings with prospective administration hires Monday as he seeks to build out his Cabinet and senior White House staff.