Trump Denies He Is ‘Sabotaging’ the USPS: ‘Make the Post Office Great Again’

President Donald Trump is pushing back after receiving backlash for recent remarks he made regarding the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and universal mail-in voting.

The president sparked a lot of criticism from top Democrats after he recently said that without funding for the Postal Service, Democrats “can’t have universal mail-in voting.”

Asked how he is “sabotaging” the Postal Service during Monday’s “Fox & Friends” phone call interview, Trump dismissed that he was at all.

“Yeah, well no, I’m just making it good,” he said, adding, “I jokingly say, but it’s true, I want to make the post office great again. OK?”

He continued, “We’re making it so it is going to be good.”

“We’re going to take care of our postal workers above all,” Trump added, according to the interview transcript. “We’re not firing people, but the way they ran that thing for many years. This isn’t a Trump thing.”

He then turned to his repeated criticism of universal mail-in voting:

“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. First of all, absentee ballots like in Florida, those are great things. You send for it, you ask for it, they send it to you, you send it back with your vote.

[…] Universal ballots where they drop millions of ballots into a community, into a state like New Jersey is doing now, it’s going to be a disaster.”

Listen to Trump’s comments below:

Trump has taken heat from Democrats, including former President Barack Obama, who recently said, “What we’ve never seen before is a president say, ‘I’m going to try to actively kneecap the Postal Service to encourage voting, and I will be explicit about the reason I’m doing it.'”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) also called on Trump to “immediately cease his assault on the Postal Service, make clear that he will allow the 2020 election to proceed without his sabotage tactics and enable the American people the same opportunity he and the First Lady requested this week to vote by absentee ballot.”

Additionally, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said on Monday, “This idea that Donald Trump is going to do everything he can to destroy the post office because he knows he is losing this election, this is fundamentally wrong.”

House Democrats requested Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testify in an “urgent hearing before the Committee on Oversight and Reform,” as IJR reported.

The committee chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said, “The hearing will examine your sweeping operational and organizational changes at the Postal Service, which experts warn could degrade delivery standards, slow the mail, and potentially impair the rights of eligible Americans to cast their votes through the mail in the upcoming November elections.”

The hearing is expected to occur on August 24. This comes as the postmaster general announced changes to the USPS and a warning from the USPS that there may be a delay in mail-in ballots arriving on time for counting.

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  1. The Rossi-Gregoire 2004 election bullshit keeps popping up over and over. Check here:
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_Washington_gubernatorial_election
    Contrary to the summary that Gerald cites, the “comfortable margin” of initial Republican (Rossi) victory was only 261 votes out of 2.8 million. This triggered a machine recount, during which trays of uncounted paper ballots were found; Rossi’s lead held steady at 242. That thin margin triggered a hand recount, whereby Gregoire took a lead of 129. That sent the results into the courts for the next six months, where Gregoire’s victory was ultimately affirmed.

    The margins were tiny. The uncounted votes netted 3026 additional for the two candidates, not simply for one candidate, as Gerald falsely states. Vote recounts happened under the eyes of both Republican and Democratic observers. In a very close race, with votes on almost 3 million pieces of paper, small mistakes are inevitable.

    There was a process. The Democrat won the most careful recount, and then won the court case. It cannot be refuted or claimed to be unfair. The talk of a stolen election is a lie. Sorry, Gerald.

  2. So, how does vote-by-mail REALLY work? Washington State votes by mail. No polls.

    In 2004 Dino Rossi, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, WON the election by a comfortable margin. The Seattle Democrats went ballistic and DEMANDED a recount. What do you know…those Settle Democrats “found” a bunch of “misplaced/overlooked” votes for Christine Gregoire, the Democratic candidate that closed the gap. So, the Democrats DEMANDED another recount. And—surprise, surprise—the Seattle Democrats found even more “misplaced/overlooked” votes for Gregoire. Now Rossi and Gregoire were running neck to neck. You guessed it…the Democrats DEMANDED a third recount, and—surprise, surprise—found JUST ENOUGH VOTES TO OVERTURN THE ELECTION. WHAT A SURPRISE…?!?!?

    Of course, once they had overturned the election by a few votes the recounts STOPPED. What was remarkable about all those “misplaced/overlooked” votes is that EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM WAS FOR CHRISTINE GREGOIRE AND NOT A SINGLE VOTE WAS FOR DINO ROSSI…. What are the odds of THAT…?

    The Democrats used the mail-in system to manipulate the outcome of that election and STOLE it from the Republicans. The Seattle Democrats now control the Washington State election system. It is unlikely Washington will EVER have another Republican governor…. That is what the DNC wants to do with the national vote. Keep recounting until they win.

    There has not been a fair election in Washington State, and my vote has not counted in more than fifteen years. I do not trust mail-in systems that the Democrats can manipulate. They tend to “find” votes “lost” in the system to their advantage, and steal elections.

  3. Phyllis — clinical narcissists like Drumpf are incapable of telling truth from a lie. Truth is whatever serves them in the moment.
    He’s a dangerous, ill human being who needs to be removed. Then he needs to be charged with criminal conduct and jailed, along with his Evil cronies.

  4. It’s not, as Obama days, a mere knee-capping. He DELIBERATELY trying to fit the system and throw the election by disenfranchising millions.
    This man is a criminal guttersnipe.

  5. FYI The post office has been hiring illiterates who can’t even read numbers!
    We have been getting mail for someone that doesn’t even live at our
    house…….they live down the street! This problem with USPS has been going
    on for a very long time! That’s not Trumps fault!

  6. I have many friends that work for the post office. Most are retired Service men which are say 40nyears old. They then get a job that pays a high wage and a hell of a pension plan and in 20 years retire with two pensions. The post office cant afford to pay this unless they charge double the postage.

  7. much sense – especially when you could put a lock on it and direct people to another location. Or put a notice on it that mail was only collected from it twice a week, on day X and Y. Cheaper to leave it – we might actually want to access it again someday! Removal is manipulative BS.

  8. Sure, Screwtape: paying to have a post collection box moved and put in storage when you have no better location for it .makes SO

  9. Trump is not going over a map and removing mailboxes. Removing mail boxes is done by the USPS management based on needs-analysis. Not even the Postmaster is involved in the decisions.

    It’s been done for DECADES. Even under
    “I didn’t use my phone and pen to save them” Obozo (who saw 12,000 and more removed during his terms) and
    “Thanks Jeffrey. I like them fresh and young.” Clinton.

    The USPS admin looks at under-utilized boxes (25 or less pieces of mail a day) and moves them elsewhere to save on labor and expense. That’s sensible business practice.

  10. “I want to make the post office great again” King Donald The Loser

    Prove it, because what we have seen with our own eyes doesn’t indicate that. Actions speak louder than words, Your Highness.

  11. Do we really need to review all the things Donald Trump has DENIED and later admitted or proven so?
    No Trump campaign contacts with Russians.
    No knowledge of Stormy’s NDA or payments.
    No McGahn testimony that Trump ordered him to fire Mueller.
    No Collusion. No Obstruction in the Mueller Report.
    No Dictation of Jr.’s “adoption letter.”
    Covid-19 only a “Democrat hoax.”
    No quid pro quo. The call was “perfect.”
    Not firing Tillerson.
    A short & long Hawaiian birth certificate is not evidence of birth in Hawaii.
    China is paying for tariffs and Mexico paying for wall.
    And the saddest denial of all. “Not a [Putin] puppet.

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