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USA: “I don’t want a delay” – Trump backtracks on delaying elections

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US President Donald Trump rowed back on his suggestion of delaying the 2020 US election but kept raising doubts about efforts to bolster mail-in voting to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, during a press briefing in Washington DC on Thursday.

“I don’t want a delay. I want to have the election. But I also don’t want to have to wait for three months and then find out that the ballots are all missing and the election doesn’t mean anything,” Trump said during a White House Press briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump also threatened to send the National Guard into Portland if protests there don’t stop in the next few days. “These protesters and many should be arrested because these are professional agitators, these are professional anarchists,” the US President said. “These are people that hate our country.”

On Thursday, Trump tweeted a suggestion to delay November’s presidential election, amid claims of his that mail-in voting would be rife with fraud.

“Mailing ballots will lead to the greatest fraud. You know, we talk about Russia, Russia, Russia, for two and a half years and then they found nothing and there was nothing. But they talk Russia, Russia, Russia. They talk China, they talk all of these countries they say they get involved in our elections. This is easy. You can forge ballots,” he added.

Trump also said he wants to “get money to people” as a result of the pandemic and that the situation was not the fault of US workers but rather “China’s fault.”

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