President Trump Doubles Down on Claims Amazon is Hurting USPS

Lawrence Kim
April 9, 2018

Today he again accused the retail giant of ripping off the Postal Service.

TRUMP: "Only fools, or worse, are saying that our money losing Post Office makes money with Amazon".

He said Amazon should be responsible for paying for state and local taxes, and encouraged USPS to raise its postal rates.

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"Amazon should pay these costs (plus) and not have them bourne by the American Taxpayer", he wrote.

TRUMP: "If the P.O". Federal regulators have found that contract to be profitable for the Postal Service. It has a network of 35 "sort centers" where customer packages are sorted by zip code, stacked on pallets and delivered to post offices for the final leg of delivery. Not all third-party vendors using Amazon collect it, however.

The Postal Service is making money off package delivery for shippers like Amazon, while much of the money it is losing is due to a 2006 law which requires that it pre-fund future retirees' health benefits, among other things.

Since signing a landmark five-year contract in 2013 to deliver packages on Sundays, Amazon.com Inc. and the U.S. Postal Service have declared their business relationship a success.

While the Postal Service's losses can't be attributed to its package business, Trump's claim that it could get more bang for its buck may not be entirely far-fetched.

Trump has repeatedly attacked Amazon and its owner, Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, often conflating the two.

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