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Trump wanted to cancel the U.S. presidential election

Buddy, you can't do that. You know you can't declare martial law,” other Republicans responded to the president at the time

When he was president of the United States, Donald Trump repeatedly suggested using the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to postpone the 2020 presidential election, according to journalist Michael Wolff's book, Landslide: The Last Days of the Trump Presidency.

An excerpt from the book was published by The Times.

"People won't be able to go to the polls in the event of a national emergency, right?” — Wolf quotes what Trump said at one White House meeting.

At the time, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows countered that this was not possible under the Constitution, but Trump was not convinced.

“I'm sure there has to be away,” he said.

As Wolf writes, in a meeting with New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie a few days later, Trump brought it up again.

“I'm thinking about repealing them,” the 45th president of the United States said.

Christie didn't immediately understand exactly what the head of state was talking about — he thought he was referring to candidate debates.

“No, the election is too much of a virus,” Trump clarified.

As one of the prominent members of the Republican Party, Chris Christie told him, “Buddy, you can't do that. You realize you can't declare martial law, right?”

Recall that in the November U.S. election results, Trump lost to Democrat Joe Biden. However, he claims that he has already made up his mind about running for president in 2024.

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