On Thursday, President Trump said that he's considering to pull federal funding from Michigan, after he visited a Ford plant in the state, but didn’t get specific about what funding could be taken away.
“I didn’t say it wasn’t necessary,” the President clarified. “I said that I might have to do that.”
“We’re not going to go to voting by mail,” Trump continued. “Voting by mail is wrought with fraud and abuse,” he said, before launching into a list of claims about voting by mail fraud, none of which he supported with evidence.
Trump didn't clarify what funding he wanted to pull if Michigan didn’t comply,
“I’m not going to discuss that,” he said, “there are so many forms of funding and we’re not going to discuss that.”
In his tweet Wednesday morning, Trump falsely claimed Michigan would send absentee ballots to 7.7 million voters.
Trump threatened to hold up funding to Michigan if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path. Several hours later he deleted the tweet and sent a new one that correctly described Michigan's absentee ballot initiative.
A senior administration official with the Office of Management and Budget said on Wednesday that "no decisions have been made" about funding to states in response to Trump's threats.
"No decisions have been made at this time. Discussions are ongoing," the official said, adding the "President has made waste, fraud and abuse key over the last few years, for example, his budget this year included the first-ever full chapter dedicated to money the Government spends on inappropriate or harmful or wasteful organizations and programs."