A day after Trump delayed presidential election, which he cannot do, White House condemned Hong Kong for delaying election

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  • White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Friday that the White House condemned Hong Kong’s decision to postpone legislative council elections for a year.
  • A day earlier, President Donald Trump suggested in a tweet that the United States should postpone its presidential election due to its baseless claim that postal voting is fraudulent.
  • President Trump does not have the power to delay the November presidential election.
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A day after President Donald Trump suggested postponing the November US presidential election, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told a press conference that the White House condemned the decision to Hong Kong to postpone its legislative council elections for one year.

“We condemn the Hong Kong government’s decision to postpone its legislative council elections for one year and disqualify opposition candidates,” McEnany said on Friday after a reporter asked if Trump supported the decision to delay the elections.

“This action undermines the democratic processes and freedoms that have supported Hong Kong’s prosperity,” she said, according to a press conference transcript produced by the White House.

Read more: Hong Kong just delayed elections in blow to democracy with troubling parallels to Trump

President Trump does not have the power to delay the November presidential election, as Business Insider previously reported, and he made his suggestion Thursday over his baseless claims that postal voting is fraudulent.

Carrie Lam, the chief executive of Hong Kong, raised concerns over the coronavirus outbreak in the decision to postpone the elections originally scheduled for September, which will now be held in September 2021.

The move was widely seen as a setback for the pro-democracy movement that has grown there as China tightens its grip on Hong Kong.

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