On Friday, April 24, in the White House Oval Office, President Trump declared the Postal Service to be a “joke.” Fortunately, the next day, the president appeared to retract the previous day’s troubling declaration, tweeting he would “never let the Post Office fail.” He went on to tweet, “The people that work there are great and we’re going to keep them happy, healthy and well.” We certainly hope so.
Aside from the rhetorical whiplash, it is important for the president, U.S. senators and members of the House to fully appreciate the facts; America surely does. There is a reason the Postal Service remains the highest-rated federal agency by the American public, most recently earning an awesome 91% favorability rating (Pew Research Center, March 2020). It is because the U.S. Postal Service assuredly is not a joke.
While the health and very lives of our nation’s citizens are endangered and the American economy is struggling to overcome the damage being inflicted by COVID-19, the United States Postal Service has continued to bind the nation together, delivering the goods and services essential to the well-being of this country. The Postal Service—delivering for America seven days a week—helps sustain our economy.
Unlike its competitors, the Postal Service provides rural America with the same vital services provided to suburban and urban communities. The Postal Service links businesses—large and small—to consumers, no matter where they live or work. It enables senior citizens and those reliant on prescription medication to receive vital health-preserving medications by mail.