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Fact check: Another Trump briefing, more Trump falsehoods on coronavirus and mail-in voting

August 4, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

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President Donald Trump's Monday afternoon appearance in the White House briefing room was replete with the now-familiar Trump fare: dishonestly upbeat assessments of the pandemic situation, a series of inaccurate claims related to mail-in ballots and exaggerations about his own accomplishments. Here are the facts.

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's Monday afternoon appearance in the White House briefing room was replete with the now-familiar Trump fare: dishonestly upbeat assessments of the pandemic situation, a series of inaccurate claims related to mail-in ballots and exaggerations about his own accomplishments.

Trump claimed there was fraudulent voting in New York's Democratic congressional primaries, where the counting of mail votes has been exceptionally slow.

Facts First: There has been no evidence to date of fraudulent voting in the New York primaries, much less the kind of widespread voter fraud Trump has wrongly insisted is a common feature of mail-in voting.

Not for the first time, Trump implied absentee ballots were significantly different from mail-in ballots.

Facts First: Trump often defends absentee voting -- a practice he has used himself -- while lambasting mail-in voting.

When asked if he would consider signing an executive order (in the reporter's words) "addressing mail-in ballots" Trump said he had the "right to do it. "

Facts First: It's unclear what sort of order Trump believes he has the right to issue on mail-in ballots but the Constitution does not give the President authority over voting methods.

The President also suggested the US Postal Service was unprepared to handle an influx of mail-in ballots that are expected later this year.

Facts First: Trump is directly refuting the comments of his own US Postal Service here, which said in a statement released Monday that it had the capacity to handle the additional volume of election-related mail.

"The Postal Service has ample capacity to adjust our nationwide processing and delivery network to meet projected Election and Political Mail volume, including any additional volume that may result as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic," the agency said in the statement which came after a tweet earlier on Monday where the President questioned the post office's ability to process an increased amount of mail.

Under the leadership of the new postmaster general, Trump loyalist Louis DeJoy, USPS is witnessing delays for mail delivery in a few places, prompting fears that some ballots may not reach election offices in time if the problems aren't corrected by November.

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