Mr Trump could be setting the stage for a legal challenge to mail-in ballots after the election, even though there has been no evidence to suggest it would lead to fraud and the president and senior members of his administration have voted by mail in the past. "It will be a great embarrassment to the U.S.", he wrote. "Delay the election until people can properly, securely and safely vote", he wrote.
"The truth is that mail-in absentee voting is safe, simple, and patriotic - so much so that the president and more than a dozen of his closest advisors have done it", Whitmer said. Many state election officials, however, have been exploring ways to expand vote-by-mail during the coronavirus pandemic to ensure the safety of voters.
Mr Trump's suggestion to delay the presidential vote, posted on Twitter, came just moments after the Commerce Department released figures showing the U.S. economy recorded its biggest GDP decline in seven decades. Even prior to the pandemic, five states, including heavily Republican Utah, implemented universal mail in voting.
Trump suggested that the country should "delay the election" as he trailed presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden by an average of more than eight points in national polls.
Attorney General William Barr, the president's ally, floated the same theory last month. It is hard to see the Democratic-led House agreeing to a delay.
"Mark my words, I think he is going to try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it can't be held", the former vice president said in April.
Some pundits suggested that the tweet was an attempt by Trump to distract from the latest economic numbers showing the GDP plummeting more than during any other quarter in history. However, he has not previously asked for the election to be delayed.
Critics have accused the president of attacking remote voting to sow doubt about the fairness of the 2020 election and lay the groundwork for challenging the results if it goes against him. The Constitution sets the date for the election in November. "No, I look forward to that election". "Nothing President Trump says, does, or tweets can change that fact". November 3rd. It's a good number.
"Americans need to be ready to mobilize if Trump contests the results or refuses to concede-and 'Protect the Results' is building a network of millions of Americans to meet the moment if we need to take to the streets in protest", he added.