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The Trump administration on Sunday challenged Democrats to return to Washington, D.C. to hammer out a compromise over funding for the Postal Service and new COVID-19 stimulus checks for Americans.
“If my Democrat friends are all upset about this, come back to Washington, D.C.,” White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“Let’s go ahead and get a stimulus check out to Americans. Let’s make sure that small businesses are protected with an extended [Payroll Protection] Program and put the postal funding in there. We’ll pass it tomorrow. The president will sign it.
“This will all go away because what we are seeing is Democrats are trying to use this to their political advantage,” Meadows added.
The House of Representatives, where funding bills must originate, is in recess throughout the month of August. That said, an unnamed Democratic source told Fox News it was a matter of “when, not if” lawmakers will return at some point this month in order to try and do deals for additional USPS funding and, perhaps, a new round of coronavirus stimulus checks for most Americans.
Democrats have been echoing the conspiracy theory that the Trump administration is intentionally blocking additional funding for the Postal Service in order to sow confusion and chaos in November following an expected influx of mail-in ballots.
Rather, President Donald Trump has said he does not support the Democrats’ push for more money specifically to fund universal mail-in balloting for the November election, which he has correctly criticized as creating conditions rife for vote fraud.
Echoing that sentiment, Meadows, a former GOP congressman from North Carolina, said that’s what ought to cause concern among Americans, not strain on the Postal Service, which processes more than 181 million pieces of first-class mail daily, Fox News reported.
“Even if every single voter voted by mail, we’re talking about a 1.5 percent difference,” Meadows said. “I was in the room when the Postmaster General said he’s willing to pay overtime to make sure that that happens.”
“What he opposes is universal mail-in ballots where you send millions of ballots out to registered voters across the country, even those that don’t request it,” he said. “Those rolls are not accurate. People move, people die.
“And yet when we are going to send out ballots all across the country, that’s not just asking for a disaster. It really is knowing that what you’re sending out is inaccurate,” Meadows added.
“There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud,” CNN host Jake Tapper incorrectly stated.
“There’s no evidence that there’s not, either. That’s the definition of fraud, Jake,” Meadows responded.
Universal mail-in balloting would become a “disaster” that could delay the results of the presidential election for weeks or even months-long enough for the House of Representatives, which may remain in Democrat hands — to decide the winner.
On Friday, Fox News correspondent John Roberts asked Trump if he would be willing to agree to add $25 billion to USPS funding, which would include the $3.5 billion in election resources sought by Democrats.
“Sure, if they give us what we want,” he said. “And it’s not what I want, it’s what the American people want.”
The Postal Service has warned 46 states that mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time, which would further complicate results.
But that’s because the USPS has faced years’ worth of contraction amid hemorrhaging revenues and declining mail volume in an age where email has become nearly universal, not because of anything the Trump administration has done.