President Trump said the U.S. Postal Service is a major obstacle between the White House and Democrats in negotiations over an economic relief package.
During an interview Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo, Trump tied the impasse to the debate over allowing widespread mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic, something which the president and his allies warn creates the potential for voter fraud.
“They want $3.5 billion for something that will turn out to be fraudulent,” he said. “That’s election money, basically. They want $3.5 billion for the mail-in votes. … They want $25 billion, billion, for the post office. Now, they need that money in order to have the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots.”
The president also noted that “you can’t have universal mail-in voting because they’re not equipped to have it” without the funding that is being negotiated. “Now, if we don’t make a deal, that means they don’t get the money. That means they can’t have universal mail-in voting,” Trump added. “They just can’t have it. So, you know, sort of a crazy thing.”
With negotiations stalled, the president signed a combination of an executive order and memorandums over the weekend that are intended to send financial relief to unemployed people in the United States, protect people from evictions, offer student loan relief, and defer payroll tax payments.
A record 76% of U.S. citizens will be eligible to get their ballot in the mail in 2020, according to the New York Times.
Author: Mike Brest
Source: Washington Examiner: Trump: No deal on coronavirus relief package means no ‘fraudulent’ universal mail-in voting