Sisolak: Trump’s threat to withhold funds over mail-in voting ‘inappropriate and outrageous’

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Nevada’s governor called President Donald Trump’s threat to withhold funding over the state’s mail-in voting plan “inappropriate and outrageous,” in a tweet on Wednesday. 

Trump claimed Nevada’s vote by mail plan for the upcoming primary election was “illegal” in a tweet Wednesday morning, though a federal judge in early May upheld the state’s authority to change the normal procedures in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“For the President to threaten federal funding in the midst of a pandemic over a state exercising its authority to run elections in a safe and legal manner is inappropriate and outrageous,” Gov. Steve Sisolak tweeted in response to the president. 

It was not immediately clear how Trump could delay the funds, which come from coronavirus relief spending measures he signed into law. Trump tagged his acting budget director, his chief of staff and the Treasury Department on the tweets.

Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto also responded to the president’s tweet, suggesting he’d been drinking bleach. 

“Perhaps you’ve moved on to bleach and it’s even further impairing your judgement,” the senator wrote, tagging Trump. “It’s clear Nevada is doing the right thing and your threat to withhold federal support, especially during a pandemic, is outrageous.”  

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