Donald Trump puts Steven Mnuchin in charge of a USPS reform task force

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Donald Trump signs an executive order putting Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in charge of a task force to reform the United States Postal Service.

Mr. Trump’s animus toward the agency dates to at least 2013, but his criticism of its finances escalated once he took office and found new focus in late 2017, when he first bashed it for essentially subsidizing Amazon, another target of his ire. Amazon’s founder and chief executive, Jeff Bezos, owns The Washington Post, whose coverage has often angered Mr. Trump.

“This Post Office scam must stop. Amazon must pay real costs (and taxes) now!” the president wrote on Twitter on March 31, 2018, one of several such attacks over the years.

The New York Times

Two years later, Mnuchin meets privately with two members of the USPS board of governors. He asks them to find a new postmaster general who will support the president’s agenda for the agency. Chaos ensues.

Nearly six months later, that meeting, along with other interactions between Mr. Mnuchin and the postal board, has taken on heightened significance as the Trump administration confronts allegations it sought to politicize the Postal Service and hinder its ability to handle a surge in mail-in ballots in November’s election. In interviews, documents and congressional testimony, Mr. Mnuchin emerges as a key player in selecting the board members who hired the Trump megadonor now leading the Postal Service and in pushing the agenda that he has pursued.

The New York Times, August 2020

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https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-task-force-united-states-postal-system/

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/22/business/economy/dejoy-postmaster-general-trump-mnuchin.html?searchResultPosition=10

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Dates on Trump File reflect when something happens, not when it's first reported.

Donald Trump signs an executive order putting Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in charge of a task force to reform the United States Postal Service.

Mr. Trump’s animus toward the agency dates to at least 2013, but his criticism of its finances escalated once he took office and found new focus in late 2017, when he first bashed it for essentially subsidizing Amazon, another target of his ire. Amazon’s founder and chief executive, Jeff Bezos, owns The Washington Post, whose coverage has often angered Mr. Trump.

“This Post Office scam must stop. Amazon must pay real costs (and taxes) now!” the president wrote on Twitter on March 31, 2018, one of several such attacks over the years.

The New York Times

Two years later, Mnuchin meets privately with two members of the USPS board of governors. He asks them to find a new postmaster general who will support the president’s agenda for the agency. Chaos ensues.

Nearly six months later, that meeting, along with other interactions between Mr. Mnuchin and the postal board, has taken on heightened significance as the Trump administration confronts allegations it sought to politicize the Postal Service and hinder its ability to handle a surge in mail-in ballots in November’s election. In interviews, documents and congressional testimony, Mr. Mnuchin emerges as a key player in selecting the board members who hired the Trump megadonor now leading the Postal Service and in pushing the agenda that he has pursued.

The New York Times, August 2020

Sources

https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-task-force-united-states-postal-system/

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/22/business/economy/dejoy-postmaster-general-trump-mnuchin.html?searchResultPosition=10

Photo: Public Domain

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