Trump raises possibility of delaying election, but that power rests in Congress


It was the first time Trump publicly raised the idea of pushing back the balloting.

Yesterday's tweet came on the heels of a devastating report showing that the U.S. economy shrank almost 10pc from April through June, the largest quarterly decline since the government began publishing such data 70 years ago.

President Trump was elected in 2016 despite polls consistently showing him trailing his rival Hillary Clinton; however, Congressman Boyle said things are different this time around. "We've had really minimal problems in the last few rounds".

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, criticized Trump for "once again attack (ing) the integrity of our election system".

In addition, major sporting events have been canceled or curtailed and there are serious doubts across much of the country over whether schools and universities will reopen for in-person classes in September.

Recently, Trump has made efforts to change course.

De Blasio called Trump's suggestion "an assault on our democracy" that "cannot stand", saying that the election needed to proceed November 3 as planned. He added, "Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???" The notion of doing so now was quickly downplayed by Trump's own campaign.

Wyoming Sen. Tom Barrasso, a Republican, did pour cold water on Trump's suggestion in a televised interview.

"The President's suggestion of delaying the election on the day we lay John Lewis to rest is the most despicable affront to his memory & legacy". There's no substantial evidence that mail-in voting will lead to fraud, and the "distinction" between "mail-in voting" and "absentee voting" is nonexistent.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters on Capitol Hill that delaying the election is not "a particularly good idea".

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Watch above via Fox News. "A person who is in a strong position would never, never, suggest anything like that".

"The real problem is that this is another instance of him trying to delegitimise the election result. which is incredibly unsafe for the president to do", he said.

Just months ago, in April, Trump had ruled out the prospect of trying to change the election.

The president oftentimes makes threats or claims powers he does not have, only to back down after a flurry of media coverage.

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"Trump's threat is nothing more than a desperate attempt to distract from today's devastating economic numbers that make it clear his failed response to the coronavirus has tanked the United States economy", the Democratic National Committee said in a statement.

Dr Smith voiced concern that Mr Trump's initial tweet and following comments were part of a "dangerous" theme. He added that the state of NY was "sending every registered voter a ballot whether they asked for one or not".

Trump falsely claimed that the sending out "hundreds of millions of universal mail-in ballots" and also repeated a conspiracy theory about foreign countries counterfeiting ballots.

DeSantis, who said he hadn't seen Trump's tweet, defended his White House ally, saying there is some "confusion" regarding plans in some states to mail ballots to every voter and Florida's method of requiring voters to request ballots in the mail. Earlier this month, six USA states announced plans to hold "all-mail" voting in November.