The White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, said this weekend that "we will hold the elections on November 3 and the president will win", thus trying to end yet another campaign episode, as always starring Donald Trump - who wanted to postpone the election date. The proposal - which didn't even come to be, was just a kind of 'outburst' to hear reactions - was very poorly received by all and allowed Democrats to show that the Republican candidate is afraid of losing.
Likewise, presidential campaign advisor Jason Miller said on Fox News that "the elections will be on November 3 and President Trump wants the elections to be on November 3". Last Thursday, Trump suggested postponing the elections, an idea immediately rejected by Democrats and Republicans in Congress - the only government body with the authority to do so.
Critics and even Trump allies have said the issue arose as an attempt to distract the country from devastating news on the economic front. But the debate will not go away, not least because one of the possible reasons for the suspension of the elections would be the question of voting by correspondence. The country expects the coronavirus crisis to trigger an increase in voting by mail in November and that will inevitably be a sticking point between Democrats and Republicans, the very day after the elections.
Miller criticized efforts by some states, notably Nevada, to expand postal voting during emergencies such as the coronavirus epidemic. Trump on Sunday called for a lawsuit to be taken to combat Nevada's legislative efforts to extend the vote by post. “This is outrageous. It must be fought immediately! ”, He said on Twitter.
However, the new focus - or rather the return to the usual focus - goes to China and to Chinese software companies working in the United States. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said this weekend that the president will address this issue over the next few days, saying that what is at stake is the possibility of a breach of national security.
The case still has to do with the social network Tik Tok - which the president wants to see outside the country - but it will be extended to other companies in the digital sector that the White House will accuse of promoting espionage in favor of the Beijing government and the Chinese Communist Party, according to Mike Pompeo.
Some analysts believe that China's "lode" will not be as important in the November 3 elections as the White House seems to think - not least because the importance of trade between the two countries is such that the most elementary common sense would imply a diminution of the war environment (of words and of a few, acts) between the two powers.