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Trump says he’s blocking postal funding because Democrats want to expand mail-in voting

Washington: President Donald Trump says that he does not want to fund the US Postal Service because Democrats are seeking to expand mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic, making explicit the reason he has declined to approve $US25 billion ($35 billion) in emergency funding for the cash-strapped agency.

“Now, they need that money in order to make the Post Office work, so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots,” Trump said in an interview with Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo. He added: “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, they just can’t have it.”

Donald Trump claims the postal service's enlarged role in the election would perpetuate "one of the greatest frauds in history".

Donald Trump claims the postal service’s enlarged role in the election would perpetuate “one of the greatest frauds in history”.Credit:AP

Trump has railed against mail-in balloting for months, and at a White House briefing on Wednesday, he argued without evidence that USPS’s enlarged role in the November election would perpetuate “one of the greatest frauds in history”.

During the Wednesday briefing, Trump said he would not approve the $US25 billion in emergency funding for the Postal Service, or $US3.5 billion in supplemental funding for election resources, citing prohibitively high costs. But he went further in remarks on Thursday morning, blaming Democrats’ efforts to make it easier for Americans to vote amid the pandemic.

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