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Trump ally named next postmaster general

Trump ally named next postmaster general
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A North Carolina businessman and major donor to President TrumpDonald TrumpEx-DOJ official Rosenstein says he was not aware of subpoena targeting Democrats: report Ex-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' MORE and the Republican National Committee has been named postmaster general amid calls by the president for the service to overhaul its policy on package rates.

Louis DeJoy, who is currently overseeing fundraising for this year’s Republican National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., will assume the post, the Postal Service’s board of governors announced Wednesday, according to The Washington Post.

“Louis DeJoy understands the critical public service role of the United States Postal Service, and the urgent need to strengthen it for future generations,” Robert Duncan, chairman of the board of governors, said in a statement, according to the newspaper.

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“Postal workers are the heart and soul of this institution, and I will be honored to work alongside them and their unions,” DeJoy, who is set to begin June 15, said in a statement.

Trump has frequently called for the Postal Service to increase package fees in exchange for a new line of credit it has said is necessary to stay afloat. He has accused the agency of giving preferential treatment to Amazon, whose founder and CEO, Jeff BezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosSeat on Bezos-backed space flight sells for million at auction Researchers: Wealth accumulation at Ivy League presents 'fundamental threat to our democracy' Democrats reintroduce bill to create 'millionaires surtax' MORE, owns The Washington Post, a frequent target of the president for its coverage of his administration.

The Postal Service has pushed back against those allegations, saying it charges competitive rates that are necessary in a landscape that also includes UPS, FedEx and Amazon’s own delivery service, according to the Post. Trump has threatened to block a $10 billion loan to the Postal Service unless it substantially raises shipping prices.

The agency’s board of governors is now majority-Republican, with three GOP members to a single Democrat. Democratic Vice Chairman David Williams resigned last week after reportedly telling confidants he felt Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinDemocrats justified in filibustering GOP, says Schumer Yellen provides signature for paper currency Biden's name will not appear on stimulus checks, White House says MORE had interfered with the Postal Service’s apolitical mission, according to the Post.