WASHINGTON, DC – Today, after President Trump suggested postponing November’s 2020 election -- an unprecedented move which the President does not have the Constitutional authority to make -- U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), the Ranking Member of the Armed Services Committee and an ex officio member of the Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement:

“President Trump doesn’t have the authority to change the election date, but he does have the power to help ensure a free, fair, and transparent election.  If he truly cares about our democracy and safe and secure elections, he’d stop opposing aid to states for enhanced election security.  He’d stop making false attacks on mail-in ballots.  And he’d ensure there are safe voting options and effective auditing measures in place.  He would also join the non-partisan Intelligence community’s findings and take decisive action against foreign nations seeking to subvert our elections.”