Trump demands Arizona Governor 'immediately' sends in National Guard or state police to protect 2020 election audit team

DONALD Trump has called for the National Guard troops or state police to protect the team carrying out an audit of the 2020 election in Arizona.

The former President said the state’s Governor Doug Ducey should "immediately' provide security for the “patriots” carrying out the GOP-backed probe into alleged voter irregularities.

The Republican-controlled state senate has ordered the investigation that will focus on Maricopa County, the state’s largest and home to the majority of its voters.

Joe Biden narrowly defeated Trump in the key battleground that helped the president win Arizona by around 10,000 votes. 

The GOP team began examining election equipment, the Trump slammed fellow Republican Ducey for what he deemed insufficient support for the effort.

"The Republican Party is demanding that Governor Ducey of Arizona immediately provide large-scale security for the brave American Patriots doing the Forensic Audit of the 2020 Presidential Election," Trump said a statement.

"Governor Ducey will be held fully responsible for the safety of those involved. State police or National Guard must be immediately sent out for protection.”

"The Democrats do not want to have this information revealed, and they will do anything to stop it. Governor Ducey must finally act!"

Earlier the President said: “Why are the Democrats so desperate to stop this Election Fraud from being revealed? That answer is obvious!

“The Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, has been shockingly of zero help to the State Senate. He wants to ‘pretend’ the election was free and fair.

“What are he and the Maricopa County Commissioners trying to hide?”

The Governor’s office has so far not responded to Trump’s demands.

Maricopa County officials this week began delivering equipment used in the election and 2.1 million ballots to a site in the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the state fairgrounds for examination.

The Arizona Senate has hired Florida cybersecurity firm Cyber Ninjas to manage the probe.

The audit was temporarily paused on a request from the state Democratic Party.

But it was resumed after Democrats were unable to post a $1 million bond a judge requested to cover any expenses the halt imposed on the state legislature.

Trump has insisted was “no way” he lost the Grand Canyon State during November’s election.

The governor drew Trump's anger for certifying Biden's victory and said “Arizona will not forget what Ducey just did”.

Ducey hit back, saying: "That’s the law. I’ve sworn an oath to uphold it, and I take my responsibility seriously.”

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