Donald Trump’s call to delay presidential election rejected by top Republicans
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Donald Trump’s suggestion that November’s presidential election should be delayed due to alleged fraud concerns has been rejected by a number of top Republicans.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy were among those to dismiss the idea from the US leader on Thursday.
Senator McConnell said no US presidential election had ever been delayed before. “Never in the history of this country, through wars, depressions and the Civil War, have we ever not had a federally scheduled election on time,” he said.
“We will find a way to do that again this November 3rd.”
Donald Trump calls for 2020 US election to be delayed
Mr McCarthy echoed him, saying: “Never in the history of the federal elections have we ever not held an election and we should go forward with our election.”
And Trump ally Senator Lindsay Graham also said a delay was “not a good idea”.
Republican president Mr Trump does not have the authority to postpone the election and any delay would need to be approved by Congress.
Earlier he suggested that increased postal voting could lead to fraud and inaccurate results, saying the election could be delayed until people could vote “properly, securely and safely”.
Hogan Gidley, spokesman for Mr Trump’s re-election campaign, said the president had just been “raising a question”.