President Donald Trump has defended the US Postal Service chief who is at the centre of an escalating row over allegations of electoral interference ahead of November’s election.
The service has found itself in a political battle after admitting it would not be able to guarantee that all postal votes – known as mail-in ballots in the US – will arrive at counts on time, even if they are sent by state deadlines.
Mail-in voting is common place in the US. But the president has been unwilling to make a deal with Democrats that included more money for the agency.
His opposition appears to be linked to his, largely unsubstantiated, claims that mail-in voting is an opportunity for fraud and election interference.
However, some Democrats have accused him of deliberate voter suppression, claiming Mr Trump wants to make it more difficult for Americans to vote.
At a news conference on Saturday night, he defended the Postmaster General, Republican donor Louis DeJoy, saying he was trying to “streamline” the service and “make it great again”.
Shortly afterwards, it was reported the Democrat house speaker Nancy Pelosi was considering bringing representatives back to Washington DC to discuss the crisis in the Postal Service.
Ms Pelosi previously said that Mr Trump was waging an “all-out assault” on the service in the run-up to the election.
Earlier in the week on Fox News, the president admitted his opposition to additional funding would deprive the agency of cash that Democrats say it needs to process an expected surge in mail-in ballots amid the pandemic.