Obama worries Trump will 'kneecap' Postal Service

Video Credit: Reuters - Politics
Published on August 15, 2020 - Duration: 01:34s

Obama worries Trump will 'kneecap' Postal Service

Former President Barack Obama said on Friday he worries about protecting the integrity of November's election in view of efforts by President Donald Trump to "kneecap" the U.S. Postal Service to limit Americans voting by mail during the pandemic.

This report produced by Chris Dignam.

Advertisement

Obama worries Trump will 'kneecap' Postal Service

Former President Barack Obama said on Friday that he is worried about protecting the integrity of November's election in view of efforts by President Donald Trump to "kneecap" the U.S. Postal Service to limit Americans voting by mail during the pandemic.

Trump, who opinion polls show is trailing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, said on Thursday he was blocking Democrats' effort to include funds for the Postal Service in a new economic relief bill, in a bid to stop universal mail-in voting.

Trump has railed against mail-in ballots as a possible source of fraud, although millions of Americans have cast absentee ballots by mail for years without such problems. Speaking on a podcast with David Plouffe, who managed his winning 2008 presidential campaign, Obama said Republicans have actively discouraged voter turnout before but that Trump's efforts to "actively kneecap the Postal Service" were unprecedented, saying "What we've seen in a way that is unique to modern political history is a president who is explicit in trying to discourage people from voting." Later on Friday, a congressional aide said the U.S. Postal Service's internal watchdog is investigating cost cutting that has slowed delivery and alarmed lawmakers ahead of the election when up to half of American voters could cast ballots by mail.

The inspector general will also look at possible conflicts of interest involving new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who has donated $2.7 million to Trump and his fellow Republicans.

You are here


💡 One News Page Knowledge: Other News Mentions

Donald Trump

45th president of the United States
Megyn Kelly says President Trump's bombing on coronavirus and racial issues, but she gives him a passing grade overall on policy ... and has a bold prediction..
Credit: TMZ.com - Published 28 minutes ago

The Trump administration has already appointed one climate change denier to NOAA this month and is set to appoint another. ......
29 minutes ago • WorldNews
President Trump is on the defensive after a New York Times article revealed information about his tax records that he has spent years concealing. The Times..
Credit: CBS News - Published 29 minutes ago

President Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the seat of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is sparking conversations about..
Credit: CBS News - Published 1 hour ago

The New York Times’ analysis of President Trump’s tax returns — which remain private, and which the Times did not share — includes many fascinating..
2 hours ago • WorldNews


David Plouffe

American political activist


Barack Obama

44th president of the United States
Both right wings of the US one-party state consider China public enemy No. One for its growing prominence on the world stage. Notably from Obama’s 2013 Asia..
2 hours ago • WorldNews
There's only one thing to do now that the we know the outcome of the Breonna Taylor case: 'Don't boo. Vote.'
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 1 day ago

President Obama met with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, hinting at retirement, but the art of nudging justices off the court is politically delicate and..
Credit: NYTimes.com - Published 3 days ago

WASHINGTON – Nearly 500 generals, admirals and former national security officials from both parties endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday, and..
4 days ago • WorldNews

Joe Biden

47th Vice President of the United States, 2020 Democratic presidential nominee
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told “Fox & Friends” Monday morning that President Trump will find Tuesday’s debate against Joe Biden “quite..
2 hours ago • WorldNews
Analysts expect a bruising first presidential debate hinged on personal attacks as the Biden and Trump face off for the first time in Cleveland.
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 2 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ahead of the first debate between President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden, each campaign is promising a stark contrast..
2 hours ago • WorldNews

Republican Party (United States)

Major political party in the United States
This happened right before the Republicans won control of the House for the first time in 40 years, in 1994. Gingrich and his buddies...
2 hours ago • WorldNews
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden had the lead in the normally Republican leaning state of North Carolina. Janet Shamlian reports on the big role the..
Credit: CBS News - Published 6 hours ago

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett has already sparked a partisan debate in the Senate. Republicans are preparing to bring a confirmation vote before the..
Credit: CBS News - Published 7 hours ago

Prior to ex-House Republican Mike Pompeo becoming Trump's secretary of state, it was generally understood that U.S. secretaries of state were not allowed to use..
7 hours ago • WorldNews

Democratic Party (United States)

Major political party in the United States
The House last voted to determine the president in the 1824 election. Nancy Pelosi is asking Democrats to prepare for that possibility again.
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 1 hour ago

A new poll of North Carolina shows Democrat Joe BidenJoe BidenNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Biden campaign sells 'I paid..
2 hours ago • WorldNews
A party that is increasingly seeking to play by different rules is led by a figure who helped create the current ones. The outcome of the fight will help define..
Credit: NYTimes.com - Published 3 hours ago

In a letter to her Democratic colleagues, Pelosi underscored the need for Democrats to expand their majority in the House and win control of state House..
Credit: CBS News - Published 4 hours ago

Related news from verified sources

(CNN)Former President Barack Obama took on President Donald Trump's attempts to stall funding for the United States Postal Service in a podcast published Friday,...
on August 14, 2020 • WorldNews

President Trump has stepped up his assault on both mail-in voting and the U.S. Postal Service. He stated that without additional money to fund both, Democrats...
on August 13, 2020 • NPR

Former President Barack Obama criticized President Donald Trump on Friday for attempting to stall funding for the U.S. Postal Service.
on August 14, 2020 • USATODAY.com

Related videos from verified sources

'Pronounced Increase In Mail Delays': Federal Judge In Philadelphia Orders Halt To Recent US Postal Service Cuts 00:31
Video credit: CBS 3 Philly - Published 13 minutes ago 

USPS Defends On Claims That Service Cuts Slowing Mail, Threatening Presidential Election Integrity 00:37
Video credit: CBS 3 Philly - Published 4 days ago 

Staffing Issues, COVID-19 Cases At Postal Service Prompt Concern About Mail-In Ballots 02:50
Video credit: CBS 2 Chicago - Published 6 days ago 

You might like