PRESIDENT Trump today slammed the idea of mail-in voting for the general election – several weeks after he requested the vote-by-mail option for the Florida primary.
Trump said he is confident that the coronavirus outbreak will not prevent people from going to the polls on Nov. 3.
President Trump speaks with reporters today
Donald Trump, Barron Trump and Melania Trump attend Trump Invitational Grand Prix Mar-a-Lago Club at Mar-a-Largo in 2015
However, he was adamant that using the mail would not be a good second option.
“No, because I think a lot of people cheat with mail-in voting,” Trump told reporters today.
“I think people should vote with ID, voter ID.
“I think voter ID is very important, and the reason they don’t want voter ID is because they intend to cheat.”
He added that “i should be you go to a booth and you proudly display yourself.
“You don’t send it in the mail where people can pick up – all sorts of bad things can happen … by the time it gets in and is tabulated.”
Trump has long maintained that voter fraud kept him from winning the popular vote in his 2016 victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
An election worker handles vote-by-mail ballots coming out of a sorting machine for the presidential primary at King County Elections in Renton, Washington last month
However, just three weeks ago Trump requested a vote-by-mail ballot for the Republican primary in Florida, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Trump is a Palm Beach resident who is registered to vote in Florida.
He overwhelmingly won the primary on March 17.
The commander-in-chief will likely face Dem frontrunner Joe Biden in November – if the general election is not delayed.
Democrats have pushed for additional funding for mail-in and absentee voting availability, according to The Hill.
Many lawmakers have said in recent weeks that voting by mail may be the only viable option.
The stimulus package signed by Trump includes $400 million for states to help prepare for primaries and the general election, The Hill reported.
Democrats had initially asked for $4 billion.
The election is still seven months away, but more than one million people around the world have been infected with the coronavirus.
The virus, which originated in China several months ago, may kill more than 200,000 people in the US, experts fear.