Trump Says He’ll Keep Blocking The Funding USPS Needs For Mail-In Voting
According to C-SPAN coverage of President Trump’s coronavirus news conference on Wednesday, Trump said that universal mail-in voting will cause the election to be the “greatest fraud in history.”
- CNBC’s White House reporter Christina Wilkie tweeted about the news conference, “Trump on the Post Office: ‘They don’t have the money to do the mail in voting. Are they gonna do it even if they don’t have the money?’”
- The coverage showed Trump discussing mail in voting from the 07:45 minute mark to the 12:45 mark, during which he claimed that the United States Postal Service is “riddled by fraud and corruption,” and that “the biggest problem is going to be with the Democrats,” who “want $3.5 billion...and they also want $25 billion additional for the post office.”
- Trump then praised the newly elected Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a North Carolina businessman and GOP donor, saying, “Remember, the new man who’s a great person, a great businessman, just got there a little while ago. The post office has been run poorly for many, many decades.”
“We can’t give them the kind of ridiculous things that they want, that have nothing to do with the China virus,” Trump continued.
- Trump previously refused to sign the CARES Act if it included a bailout for the USPS: "We told them very clearly that the president was not going to sign the bill if [money for the Postal Service] was in it," an administration official had said.
- The president also recently admitted that “he’s refusing to fund the US Postal Service to sabotage mail-in voting,” according to Business Insider.
“So therefore they don’t have the money to do the universal mail-in voting, so therefore, they can’t do it!” Trump said during his news conference.