President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he was blocking attempts by Democrats to provide US funds. Postal Service and election infrastructure in a proposed coronavirus relief bill, a attempt to block more Americans during the pandemic from voting by mail. Congressional Democrats accused Republican Trump of seeking to hurt the troubled postal service to boost its chances of being re-elected as opinion polls show him trailing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Trump has been raging against mail-in ballots for months as a potential source of fraud, though millions of Americans have been casting absentee ballots by mail for years without any issues, including most of the military. Trump said his negotiators ignored Democrats’ demands for extra funding to help plan for presidential, legislative and local voting amid a pandemic that killed more than 165,000 Americans and posed logistical obstacles to planning an event as significant as the Nov. 3 elections.
“The things are the post office and the $3.5 billion mail-in vote,” Trump told Fox Business Network, saying Democrats plan to send $25 billion to the post office. “If we don’t make the offer, that means they won’t be able to have the money, that means they won’t be able to vote uniformly.” At a news conference Trump later said that if a deal was reached that involved postal support, he would not veto it.