Trump back to election results, saying, 'They're not going to announce anything on November 3'

The president spoke about his ongoing concerns pertaining to the upcoming November election

Published: July 31, 2020 1:03pm

Updated: July 31, 2020 5:51pm

President Trump on Friday again expressed concerns about a potential all mail-in election in November and why he is extremely pessimistic that such a plan would work. 

"Absentee ballots, great," said he president, adding that he also would be voting absentee. 

"Going to the polls, great. If you do universal mail-ins with millions and millions of ballots, you're never going to know what the result of the election is. It's going to be a very, very sad day for our country."

Despite a tweet Thursday suggesting that an election delay might be worth looking into, the president maintained that he wants to see the election go forward as planned on November 3.

"I wish they would move up the election," he said.

Voters have moved more toward mail-in balloting as a result of the coronavirus.

The president also has trepidations about a universal mail-in system because he thinks it will create a situation in which foreign powers, specifically Russia and China, are easily able to interfere with the American election.

The president's comments came following a meeting with law enforcement leaders at the White House on Friday. 

Trump made reference to the ongoing ballot counting taking place in New York, where congressional primary elections took place more than a month ago, and still some races are not yet determined.

Democratic congressional incumbent Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney's race against progressive candidate Suraj Patel has still not been called.

The president noted that the elections in New York are minuscule compared to a nationwide presidential election, suggesting that if the mail-in process fails to work scaled down, there is no viable way for it to work effectively in November. 

He told reporters at the White House that even liberal politicians in New York are saying, "No matter what you do, we're not prepared for this."

Trump said the about a universal mail-in vote, "They're not going to announce anything on November 3," speculating that it could be many months until a decision is made, and even then, the result may not be accurate. 

Though concerns over a mail-in ballot system have been a constant refrain for the president for several months now, he notably amped up his rhetorical focus on the issue Thursday morning, just as record-low, second-quarter GDP numbers were released. 

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