- White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Friday that the White House condemns Hong Kong's decision to postpone the legislative elections by a year.
- A day earlier, President Donald Trump tweeted that the US should postpone its presidential election because of its unsubstantiated claim that mail-in polls were fraudulent.
- President Trump has no power to postpone the November presidential election.
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A day after President Donald Trump proposed to postpone the U.S. presidential election in November, White House spokesman Kayleigh McEnany said during a press conference that Hong Kong's decision to postpone the legislative elections by one year, condemned.
"We condemn the Hong Kong government's decision to postpone the legislative elections by a year and disqualify opposition candidates," said McEnany on Friday after a reporter asked if Trump supported the move to delay the election.
"This action is undermining the democratic processes and freedoms that have underpinned Hong Kong's prosperity," she said, according to a transcript of the White House press conference.
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President Trump has no power to postpone the November presidential election, as Business Insider has previously reported, and has paused Thursday's proposal over his unsubstantiated claims that mail-in polls are fraudulent.
Hong Kong's executive director Carrie Lam raised concerns about the outbreak of the coronavirus in deciding to postpone the September election, which will now take place in September 2021.
The move was generally seen as a setback for the democracy movement built there, while China got a firm grip on Hong Kong.