A new report indicates that President Donald Trump tried to get the U.S. Postal Service to increase service charges for Amazon as part of his ongoing war with the company’s CEO, Jeff Bezos.
Washington Post spoke to sources who said the president had multiple conversations with U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan, asking her to double shipping charges for Amazon packages. Brennan has reportedly pushed back on Trump’s request while trying to explain to him that Amazon is actually a good thing for the Postal Service.
“Brennan and Trump have met at the White House about the matter several times, beginning in 2017, and most recently four months ago,” WaPo reported “The meetings have never appeared on Trump’s public schedule.”
Trump’s hatred of Amazon is a long-established fact, seeing as he regularly accuses the company of cheating the tax and postal systems while using WaPo (also owned by Bezos) as their “chief lobbyist.” These attacks often happen whenever the paper releases critical coverage the president doesn’t approve of.
Several other members of Trump’s inner circle have tried to tell him about the positive aspects of Amazon’s impact, though it would seem they usually fall on deaf ears. Reports indicate Trump has had other meetings in the past to figure out ways to mess with Bezos, though an increase on Amazon’s shipping costs would be the first, direct official action against the company.
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