Fox News' Chris Wallace Says Trump's Premature Victory Statement 'Threw a Match' on 'Extremely Flammable Situation'

Fox News host Chris Wallace has criticized President Donald Trump after he declared that he is going to win the election and wants to stop more votes being counted with several key states still to be called.

Trump gave an early morning press conference in which he stated that he is "on the road to victory" with him predicting that he will win states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia.

Trump described the fact that he has not already been declared the winner as a "fraud on the American public" and an "embarrassment" to the country.

Trump also said he will be going to the Supreme Court in order to stop the remaining vote counting, so any votes found at "4 o'clock in the morning" will not be found and then added "to the list."

"We were getting ready to win this election, frankly we did win this election," Trump said to loud cheers. "This is a very big moment, this is a major fraud on our nation."

Wallace condemned the comments from the president, which appeared to suggest that not all votes in this election should be counted despite potentially millions still to come through.

"This is an extremely flammable situation and the president just threw a match on it," Wallace said.

"He hasn't won these states, nobody is saying he won these states, the states hasn't said he's won.

"This goes right to what Joe Biden said which is the president doesn't get to say that he's won states, the American people get to say it and state officials get to declare it."

"This is an extremely flammable situation and the president just threw a match into it. He hasn't won these states ..." - Chris Wallace, Fox News. #uswahl2020 #USElection pic.twitter.com/6CTAiw488L

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Wallace also questioned whether Trump "literally" meant he will go to the Supreme Court to stop the counting of the remaining votes.

"Voting to stop, yes, but vote counting? These states by state law all have the opportunity and states routinely by election nights or early morning the day after the election, and it goes on for days.

"There may be a question as to how long you can continue to accept ballots, but all these states can continue to count votes for days, they don't have to certify for weeks who has won the states, that's what happened in Florida in 2000.

"So, I don't know if he literally meant that he's going to try and stop the counting of the vote, but I think that would be extremely inflammatory and frankly I don't think its something the court will allow."

Pennsylvania is one of the key states which Trump is leading in as of the early hours of Wednesday morning, but it is a long way from finalizing because of how long it takes to accept and then count all mail-in and absentee ballots.

In the days before Election Night, Axios reported that Trump intends to declare the election result early if he is ahead.

Trump later denied the reports, but said it is a "terrible thing" that ballots could be collected after Election Day in some states, describing it as a "very dangerous, terrible thing."

Earlier in the night, Twitter flagged one of Trump's tweets in which he claimed Democrats were trying to "steal" the election as being misleading.

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Debate moderator and Fox News anchor Chris Wallace directs the first presidential debate between U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University on September 29, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty