Trump suggests delaying the November election

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Trump tweeted on Thursday: "With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA", Trump said in a tweet.

He suggested a delay until people can "properly, securely and safely" vote. The Constitution expressly grants that power to Congress, which could delay the voting with approval from both chambers, yet that has never happened.

While Trump frequently appears on the morning show "Fox & Friends" and can count on the conservative-leaning network's evening line-up to advance his agenda, he's been known to take exception to Fox's daytime programming, which aims to be more moderate.

The president said earlier this month that he believes expanded mail-in voting in many states "is going to rig the election" and he might not accept the results. And nonpartisan election experts say the possibility of foreign entities printing millions of fraudulent mail-in ballots this November is highly unlikely.

But historically, voting by mail has not led to massive voter fraud. Election Day is set by congressional statute, and most experts agree that it can not be changed without congressional approval. It is hard to see the Democratic-led House agreeing to a delay.

US President Donald Trump speaks to city officials and employees of Double Eagle Energy on the site of an active oil rig July 29, 2020 in Midland, Texas.

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Brazil had also seen high infection rates, despite being an equatorial country, the World Health Organization spokesperson said. On Tuesday, WHO reported that the number of confirmed cases globally stood at 16,301,736 with 650,069 deaths.

Hogan Gidley, the Trump campaign's national press secretary, pointed to the delays in counting votes in New York's primary.

Jared Kushner, senior adviser to the president and Trump's son-in-law, declined to rule out delaying the election back in May.

Trump had previously suggested he would not trust election results - complaints similar to those he raised going into the runup to the 2016 election - but had not so directly suggested changing the November 3 date.

"I'm not sure I can commit one way or the other, but right now that's the plan" to hold the election in November, Kushner told Time magazine in a May interview when asked about whether the election could be postponed due to coronavirus.

Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement Thursday that President Donald Trump is more focused on his re-election chances than on the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I'm not thinking about it at all", he added. However, he has not previously asked for the election to be delayed.

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