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Trump maintains unproven ‘massive’ fraud claim after Michigan meeting

Washington — President Donald Trump reiterated his unproven claim that there was “massive voter fraud” in Michigan’s election on Saturday, a day after he met with Republican lawmakers from the state at the White House.

In Saturday morning tweets,as multiple Michigan lawmakers departed the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., the president responded to a joint statement put out by House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake. Their Friday statement suggested the lawmakers used the meeting to focus on COVID-19 relief and not the certification of Michigan’s election results.

Chatfield and Shirkey said they have “not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan,” which President-elect Joe Biden won by 154,000 votes.

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Cherry Capital Airport, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, in Traverse City, Mich. (Photo: Evan Vucci, AP)

“Massive voter fraud will be shown!” Trump tweeted at about 8:15 a.m. Saturday morning in response to a post by Chatfield.

With the eyes of the nation on them and criticisms flying from Democrats, seven Michigan lawmakers traveled to meet with Trump for about an hour on Friday. The visit came as supporters of the president have moved in recent days to overturn the results of the state’s election.

Trump’s campaign has been claiming that there are enough “illegitimate ballots” in the state to swing the results, but the campaign hasn’t provided evidence that would suggest the type of widespread fraud it’s alleging. And a Wayne County judge has labeled the campaign’s claims “not credible.”

The Board of State Canvassers is scheduled to meet Monday to potentially certify the statewide tallies, which would validate the current results. The states have until Dec. 8 or the “safe harbor” day to certify their results or invite court or congressional intervention.

Chatfield and Shirkey said they highlighted during the White House meeting their desire to see “further federal dollars” appropriated for Michigan as the state deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The lawmakers also said fraudulent behavior in the election should be taken seriously and the candidates “who win the most votes win elections and Michigan’s electoral votes.”

“We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan and, as legislative leaders, we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan’s electors, just as we have said throughout this election,” Chatfield and Shirkey said.

On Saturday morning, Trump initially retweeted a post from Shirkey about the meeting.

“This is true, but much different than reported by the media. We will show massive and unprecedented fraud!” Trump wrote.

Then, he retweeted a post from Chatfield, saying, “Massive voter fraud will be shown!”

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UPDATE 1-South African court rules insurer Santam should pay hotel group’s virus-related claim

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JOHANNESBURG, Nov 17 (Reuters) – A South African court on Tuesday ruled that insurer Santam should pay coronavirus-related claims made by hotel group Ma-Afrika, which it had rejected, according to a written judgement.

Globally, firms like Ma-Afrika, forced to close under coronavirus restrictions, have been fighting the rejection of claims made under business interruption policies. In South Africa, insurers say these policies did not apply to government lockdowns.

Tuesday’s judgement however, following a case brought by the small hotel group and a related restaurant, ordered Santam to pay out on the group’s claims made under an extension of its business interruption policy.

“The applicants have established that they have an existing contractual right to indemnity under the infectious diseases clause to the policies,” the judgement stated.

The judgement said the combined total of business interruption cover for loss of revenue under four policies held by Ma-Afrika’s hotels, and another policy held by the restaurant, stood at 122.43 million rand ($7.94 million).

A spokeswoman for Santam, the country’s largest non-life insurer that has previously indicated it will appeal any decision against it, said the insurer would comment on the news on Wednesday morning.

Other insurers, under pressure from regulators and with their reputations bruised by the dispute, have also been watching the case. It is seen as providing some legal certainty around their obligations in relation to the policies.

Ryan Woolley, CEO of Insurance Claims Africa, a loss adjuster representing over 750 affected firms in South Africa including Ma-Afrika, said the case provided the certainty required to finalise all such disputed claims.

“We believe it is now time for the sector to step up and display the ethical leadership that has been missing from their response to this crisis thus far,” he said in a statement.

Andre Pieterse, chairman and CEO of Ma-Afrika, said the decision would greatly assist his firm and others in his sector to weather the pandemic, and he hoped it bought an end to the litigation.

He also thanked Santam for a payment received under a 1 billion rand initiative the insurer offered to affected clients. The payments were interim relief intended to tide them over while legal battles played out. ($1 = 15.4255 rand) (Reporting by Emma Rumney Editing by Nqobile Dludla and Alexandra Hudson)

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