Louis DeJoy, donor and Trump ally, appointed Post Minister
DeJoy was unanimously approved to be Postmaster General, taking over an agency that has been repeatedly criticized by President Trump.
WASHINGTON – Louis DeJoy, Republican donor, fundraiser and ally of President Donald Trump, has been named the next Postmaster General of the U.S. Postal Service, the the agency announced on Wednesday. He will now take over an agency that Trump has criticized for claiming it is undercharging the shipping costs of large companies.
The USPS Board of Governors unanimously approved DeJoy’s selection. He will take over on June 15.
“Louis DeJoy understands the essential public service role of the United States Postal Service and the urgent need to strengthen it for future generations,” Board Chairman Robert Duncan said in a statement. “The Board of Directors appreciated Louis’ in-depth knowledge of the important issues facing the postal service and his desire to work with all of our stakeholders to preserve and protect this vital institution.
Last year, DeJoy was named national finance chairman of the 2020 Republican National Convention host committee, responsible for leading fundraising efforts.
He gave millions to the Trump campaign or to Republican causes, according to the Federal Election Commission. Most recently, he donated $ 210,600 to the Trump Victory Fund on February 19.
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The move will put someone close to the president in charge of the postal service, an agency Trump has criticized for what he claims is a failure to charge larger mailers more. Trump most often names Amazon among this group.
Last month, Trump said he would not approve a $ 10 billion loan to the USPS until the agency raises rates for these companies to four or five times what they are currently paying. .
“The Postal Service is a joke because they deliver packages for Amazon and other internet companies and every time they bring a package they lose money,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.
The loan was approved in the $ 2.2 trillion stimulus package passed by Congress and signed by Trump. The package says Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin must first approve the loan.
“If they don’t increase the price for the service they give… I’m not signing anything and I won’t allow you anything,” Trump said in the Oval Office on April 24, looking at Mnuchin as he said so.
Amazon was founded by Jeff Bezos, owner of the Washington Post. Trump has often called the Post “fake news” after the newspaper reported unfavorable developments during his campaign and his presidency and highlighted Bezos’ connection by calling him “Amazon Washington Post.”
Trump vowed the USPS would not sink, saying so on Twitter the same day he announced he was suspending the loan.
The House is considering another bailout that would include a bailout for the postal service, according to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.
Trump appointed DeJoy’s wife Aldona Wos as ambassador to Canada in February. She also sits on the Presidential Commission on White House Scholarships. She was previously Ambassador to Estonia under former President George W. Bush.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.