President Donald Trump made it clear Thursday that he would not approve additional funding for the postal service because he does not want to facilitate universal mail-in voting, something Democrats are pushing hard with the COVID-19 pandemic still active.
The president told Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business that USPS funding is one of the major items holding up COVID-19 relief package negotiations. While many Americans and businesses are struggling under continued economic restrictions, Congress might not get a deal done until September.
“[Democrats] want three and a half billion dollars for something that will turn out to be fraudulent, that’s election money, basically,” Trump said. “They want three and a half billion dollars for the mail-in votes, okay, universal mail-in ballots. They want $25 billion—billion—for the Post office.
“Now they need that money in order to have the Post Office work so it can take all these millions and millions of ballots,” Trump said. “Now in the meantime, they aren’t getting there—by the way, those are just two items, but if they don’t get those two items that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting.”