A shakeup of the U.S. Postal Service is leading to mail delays, union officials said on Tuesday, heightening concerns that an ally of President Donald Trump is destabilizing the service as millions of Americans consider whether to cast their ballots by mail in the Nov. 3 presidential election.
New Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who has donated $2.7 million to Trump and his fellow Republicans since 2017, has ordered operational changes and a clampdown on overtime in a bid to fix the financially troubled service, which reported a net loss of $2.2 billion in the last quarter.
Deliveries from online shopping during the pandemic had already stretched the post office to its limits. Delays have also been reported in at least 18 other states, according to media reports. Internal Postal Service documents seen by Reuters acknowledge that the changes may lead to delays.
Is there no institution Donald Trump won’t politicize? By installing an unqualified major donor to lead @USPS, he’s interfering with the timely delivery of medication to our Veterans & jeopardizing the integrity of our election. It’s absolutely appalling.https://t.co/5S1PO7YMtD
— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) August 12, 2020
Trump’s new Postmaster General, a top Republican donor, has tens of millions of dollars invested in the Postal Service’s competitors. How could he possibly have the @USPS’s best interests in mind? We have to keep speaking out to protect our post offices.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) August 12, 2020
Several people in Alaska have told me the USPS slowdown ordered by Trump is literally killing them… prescription deliveries delayed, vets unable to get their meds, all because Trump wants to try to fix the election!
— William LeGate 🇺🇸 (@williamlegate) August 12, 2020
These changes by the Trump administration could affect @USPS‘ efficiency — delaying the shipment of medication, paychecks, and even absentee ballots.
This behavior is more than irresponsible — it’s dangerous.https://t.co/sJwugH0W0F
— Sen. Maggie Hassan (@SenatorHassan) August 11, 2020
The USPS delivers medicine to our nation’s seniors, helps small businesses, and ensures people can safely cast their ballots.
It should concern everyone that the Trump administration is actively undermining the USPS during a pandemic and right before the November election.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 11, 2020