Washington – President Trump said he opposes congressional demands for increased funding for the U.S. Postal Service because the money will be used to facilitate postal voting for the November election.
In an interview with Fox Business on Thursday, Mr. Trump criticized a $ 3.4 trillion coronavirus relief billin May, which included provisions that would provide $ 25 billion for USPS and $ 3.5 billion in election assistance to states. The Senate has refused to act on the House bill, and negotiations between Democrats and the White House on a new relief package remain stalled.
“They want $ 25 billion, $ 1billion, for the post office. Now, they need that money in order for the post office to work so that they can get all those millions and millions of ballots,” Mr. Trump said. “But if they do not get those two items, it means you can not have universal mail on the ballot because they are not equipped to have it.”
lastto the Postal Service have severely delayed mail delivery and have raised concerns about how the service will handle the potential influx of postal ballots ahead of the November elections.
Millions of voters are expected to vote by mail in November due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has raised concerns for voters gathering at polling stations. Delays in sending mail may mean that voters do not receive their ballots in absentia in time to vote, or that their returned ballots may be returned after the deadline.
Post General Louis DeJoy has insisted that operational changes to the USPS, including the elimination of most overtime, have not made it harder for voters to cast ballots for absenteeism.
“Let me be clear that, with regard to electoral mail, the Postal Service and I are fully committed to fulfilling our role in the electoral process,” DeJoyat a meeting of the Board of Governors of the Postal Service. “We will do everything we can to send the election mail in a timely manner in accordance with our operational standards, and despite any assertion to the contrary, we are not slowing down the election post office or any other post office.”
Democrat lawmakers including Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Representative Carolyn Maloney last week called on the Inspector General of the Postal Service to investigate DeJoy’s latest changes.
Mr Trump has consistently voiced his opposition to mail-order voting, insisting without evidence that the practice opens the door to possible voter fraud. His position also contradicts the views of some Republican governors, who have pushed for easier mail voting in the wake of the pandemic.
However, the presidentthat mail order voting in Florida is safe. Florida is a key state on the battlefield, from which the president and his press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, have voted remotely in the past.
“Whether you call it Voting by mail or Voting in absentia, in Florida the electoral system is safe and secure, proven and true,” Mr. Trump wrote in a tweet last week. “The voting system in Florida has been cleaned up (we defeated the Democrats’ efforts for change), so in Florida I encourage everyone to ask for a ballot and vote by mail! #MAGA”