WASHINGTON, KOMPAS.com - The US President is not going down without a fight this November after a Fox Business Network interview revealed intentional plans of Trump blocking postal service to stop mail-in votes.
During the interview, President Donald Trump acknowledged that he is depriving the US Postal Service of money in order to make it more difficult to process an expected surge of mail-in ballots.
That matters to Trump because a successful mail-in voting system could cost him the US presidential election.
There are two funding provisions that Democrats are seeking in a coronavirus aid package that has stalled on Capitol Hill.
Without the extra money, President Donald Trump said, the postal service will have insufficient resources to handle a flood of ballots from voters who are looking to avoid polling places due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“If we don’t make a deal, that means they don’t get the money,” Trump told host Maria Bartiromo. “That means they can’t have universal mail-in voting; they just can’t have it.”
Trump's statements, including the false claim that Democrats are seeking universal mail-in voting, come as he is searching for a strategy to gain an advantage in his November matchup against Joe Biden.
He's pairing the tough Postal Service stance in congressional negotiations with an increasingly robust mail-in-voting legal fight in states that could decide the election.