Trump launches task force to evaluate Postal Service operations

Trump launches task force to evaluate Postal Service operations
© Keren Carrion

President TrumpDonald John TrumpReporters defend CNN's Acosta after White House says he 'disrespected' Trump with question Security costs of Trump visit to Scotland sparks outrage among Scottish citizens Ex-CIA officer: Prosecution of Russians indicted for DNC hack 'ain't ever going to happen' MORE announced Thursday he is forming a task force to look at the viability and operations of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) on the heels of his tweets accusing Amazon of hurting the organization.

Trump said in an executive order that Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinMexico's president presses Pompeo on reuniting migrant families Senators seek data on tax law's impact on charitable giving 'Our Cartoon President' takes on Mueller probe, NATO and Melania in second season MORE would chair the panel, which will assess how the Postal Service is affected by the package delivery market and declining use of mail, as well as examine its business model and role in the U.S. economy.

“The USPS is on an unstable financial path and must be restructured to prevent a taxpayer-funded bailout,” the president said in the executive order released by the White House.

ADVERTISEMENT

Trump's order directs Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsConservatives moving to impeach Rosenstein soon: report Senators urge DOJ to probe whether Russians posed as Islamic extremist hackers to harass US military families The Hill's Morning Report — Trump readies for Putin summit: 'He’s not my enemy’ MORE’s office to advise the task force on the issue of commercial monopolies in the delivery sector.

The task force is expected to deliver recommendations within 120 days on how to reform the USPS "without shifting additional costs to taxpayers," according to the executive order.

The formation of the panel follows a string of tweets Trump fired off over the course of several days earlier this month accusing Amazon of costing the Postal Service "billions."

When fact-checkers argued that was not the case, Trump doubled down on his attacks, repeating that the Postal Service was losing "a fortune" because of Amazon.

The USPS does give Amazon a shipping discount because of the volume of packages it ships. However, fact-checkers have disputed Trump's argument that Amazon is hurting the Postal Service, saying that the USPS's lack of profitability goes beyond its relationship with Amazon.