Trump floats the idea of election ‘delay’ amid claims of voting fraud


President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up as he walks from Marine One as he returns to the White House from Texas, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday floated the idea of a “delay” in the November presidential election. He also leveled allegations that increased mail-in voting will result in fraud.

The dates of federal elections are set by Congress. The Constitution makes no provisions for a delay to the presidential inauguration.

Trump tweeted 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. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”

The president has not offered evidence of widespread voter fraud through mail-in voting.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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