White House officials have confirmed that the upcoming US presidential election shall be held as deliberate on November 3 after President Donald Trump raised the opportunity of delaying it. Speaking to CBS News on Sunday, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows stated the President was solely elevating considerations about mail-in ballots when he floated the concept of delaying election in a tweet final week.
“We’re going to hold an election on November 3 and the President is going to win,” Xinhua information company quoted Meadows as saying to CBS News.
The Chief of Staff added that Trump “has not looked at delaying any election”.
Meadows’s remarks have been echoed by presidential marketing campaign adviser Jason Miller, who informed Fox News on Sunday that “the election is going to be on November 3 and President Trump wants the election to be on November 3”.
In his tweet on July 29, Trump claimed — with out offering any proof or proof — that “universal mail-in voting” would make November’s vote “the most inaccurate & fraudulent election in history”.
“It will be a great embarrassment to the USA,” he stated.
“Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”
But later within the day, Trump stated that he didn’t need to delay the election, saying: “I don’t want a delay. I want to have the election… But I don’t want to see a crooked election.
“But I additionally do not need to have to attend for 3 months after which discover out that the ballots are all lacking and the election does not imply something. That’s what is going on to occur… that is frequent sense. Mail-in ballots will result in the best fraud.”
Trump’s delay tweet immediately ignited a political firestorm and drew bipartisan pushback from Capitol Hill, as legal analysts agreed that Trump has no authority to delay the election as the US Constitution gives Congress the power to set the date.
Election Day takes place on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, as determined by federal law. Moving the date would require an act of Congress.
Top Republicans — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy — both dismissed the idea.
Trump ally Senator Lindsay Graham meanwhile said a delay was “not a good suggestion”.