Trump vows to save Postal Service after deriding it as a ‘joke’

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Trump insists he’ll deliver for you.

After days of attacking the Postal Service, the president vowed to “never let our Post Office fail” in a Tweet Friday.

Trump did criticize the sprawling USPS, which employs nearly 500,000 Americans, as being “mismanaged for years.”

It wasn’t immediately clear what Trump meant by the upbeat tweet, which came just hours after he branded the USPS as a money-wasting “joke” that he wouldn’t agree to bail out.

“If they don’t raise the price, I’m not signing anything,” Trump said earlier on Friday. “So they’ll raise the price, so they become more profitable (or) they lose much less money.”

The president rejected Democratic demands for a bailout of the post office as part of the coronavirus stimulus package.

Democrats say it’s especially urgent to save the post office because they are pushing to vastly expand mail-in voting for the 2020 general election, which may be held under the cloud of coronavirus.

Republicans are suspicious of that campaign because it could lead to far more people participating, which the GOP believes would hurt its chances.

Trump has been feuding with the post office for most of his term.

He has repeatedly accused the agency of cutting a sweetheart deal to deliver packages for Amazon, which is owned by his nemesis Jeff Bezos.


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