Published by VICE.COM
Summary generated on August 13, 2020
President Donald Trump said the quiet part out loud, admitting that he was intentionally withholding money from the US Postal Service to undermine its ability to handle mail-in voting in the 2020 election.
The comments make clear why Trump and congressional Republicans have steadfastly refused to grant the Post Office money in the latest round of negotiations over coronavirus stimulus.
Trump has long attacked mail voting as fraud-prone even though there's little evidence that's true - and sees slowdowns at the Post Office as a way to screw up mail voting.
After a Trump lackey now running the Post Office pushed through a series of changes, the mail has been slowed down considerably in a number of states, an alarming sign heading into November's elections.
The Trump administration has been heavily criticized for recent mail delays, particularly after the appointment of Trump donor Louis DeJoy as postmaster general in June.