US President Donald Trump has whipped up political opposition within his own party to his controversial suggestion of a “delay” to November’s presidential election.
In a tweet on Thursday, Trump mooted the idea of postponing the poll over concerns about mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic.
He suggested that increased postal voting during the pandemic could lead to fraud and inaccurate results.
For the suggestion of a delay, Trump was rebuked by senior members of the Republican party, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy both dismissing the idea.
Trump does not have the authority to postpone the election, as any delay would have to be approved by Congress.
Our North America reporter, Anthony Zurcher, has written some analysis about the process of delaying a presidential election.