‘I’m Just Making It Good’: Trump Explanation For Making The Postal Service Bad
Asked on Monday morning about allegations he is sabotaging the U.S. Postal Service ahead of the November election, President Donald Trump brushed off the criticism and said he is simply “making it good,” according to The Hill.
- The question was posed during Trump’s phone interview with Fox & Friends, at which time he “dismissed a Democratic push for billions in U.S. Postal Service (USPS) funding as a ‘con game’ and shrugged off concerns from lawmakers that he is undermining the agency ahead of November's election.”
- "I’m just making it good," the president said when asked about the criticism.
- Trump again complained that the federal agency is losing money, though The Hill noted that the Postal Service “is a government-funded service that is not necessarily designed to make a profit.”
"We’re making it so it is going to be good, and we’re going to take care of our postal workers above all," Trump said. "We’re not firing people, but the way they ran that thing for many years, this isn’t a Trump thing… This has been one of the disasters of the world the way it’s been run.
"It’s been run horribly. And we’re going to make it good," he continued. "Now what am I supposed to do? Let it continue to run badly. So if you fix it, they say ‘oh he’s tampering with the election.' No, we’re not tampering."
- The Hill noted that “Democrats have advocated for $25 billion in USPS funding as part of the next relief package, in addition to $3.5 billion in supplemental assistance to be used for election resources amid the coronavirus pandemic.”
- However, on Monday, Trump dismissed those figures as politically motivated, saying, "This is a con game by [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and [Senate Minority Leader Chuck] Schumer.”
Many states have moved to expand mail-in voting in order to allow individuals to vote during the election without physically going to the polls. A handful of states already conduct their elections by mail, and experts note there is little evidence of meaningful fraud in mail ballots.
But Trump has attempted to sow doubt about the reliability of voting by mail, and critics believe he is kneecapping the USPS to further undermine mail ballots.