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President Trump said Friday morning that Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore should concede after losing Tuesday's special election to Democrat Doug Jones.

"I think he should [concede]," Trump told reporters at the White House as he departed to Quantico, Va., for remarks at FBI headquarters.

"I want to support the person running. We need the seat. We'd like to have the seat. I would certainly say he should [concede]." 

Moore said on election night that he would await the counting of every ballot in hopes of closing the margin to less than a half-point, which would trigger a mandatory recount.

Jones finished more than 20,000 votes ahead of Moore, a margin of a full percentage point.

Trump was peppered with questions on the Russia investigation and the tax reform bill. He repeated numerous times that there was "no collusion" between his campaign and Russia, saying it has "been proven."

"That was a Democrat hoax. It was an excuse for losing an election," he said, adding that "Democrats admit" now that there was no collusion. 

He lamented the "million and millions" being spent by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and congressional committees to investigate.

Trump said the "rigged system" was uncovered when it came to the investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails. 

As he prepared to board Marine One, a reporter asked whether he is considering a pardon for Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser who pleaded guilty in Mueller's probe.

"I don’t want to talk about pardons with Michael Flynn yet," Trump said. "We’ll see what happens. Let’s see. I can say this, when you look at what’s going on with the FBI and the Justice Department, people are very, very angry," he said. 

Trump's lawyer, Ty Cobb, later issued a statement, saying, "There is no consideration at the White House of a pardon for Michael Flynn.

Watch the remarks above.


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