Postmaster General Louis DeJoy didnt discuss pausing changes to U.S. Postal Service operations with President Donald Trump, the White House says.
“They havent talked. The president and the postmaster general have not spoken,” White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told reporters on Aug. 19 in Washington. “The postmaster general did that on his own. That was an independent decision that was made by the postmaster general and the Board of Governors, which is their governing body.”
DeJoy announced Aug. 18 that the agency wont carry out some planned changes until after the presidential election is over.
The pause is “to avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail,” said DeJoy, a Trump donor who was appointed by the USPS Board of Governors.
USPS, an independent agency, is facing insolvency next year without dramatic changes or an infusion of money from Congress, officials say.
Democrats want to appropriate $25 billion for the Postal Service in the next stimulus package, which is being negotiated with Republicans and the White House. They accused Trump of trying to sabotage the election, after DeJoy recently announced a range of alterations in the way USPS does business, including shifting at least 20 officials into new roles.
“Our financial position is dire, stemming from substantial declines in mail volume, a broken business model, and a management strategy that has not adequately addressed these issues,” DeJoy told the Board of Governors on AugRead More From Source