Trump called the Postal Service a “joke” during an exchange with reporters in the Oval Office on Friday and proposed that the agency should quadruple its current prices in order to make money. Trump said the agency was catering to companies like Amazon and losing money, and demanded that it raise its fees.
“If they don’t raise the price of the service they give, which is a tremendous service, and they do a great job and the postal workers are fantastic — but this thing’s losing billions of dollars,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.
“It has for years because they don’t want to insult for whatever reason, you can imagine, they don’t want to insult Amazon and these other groups. If they don’t raise the price, I’m not signing anything,” Trump continued.
As those remarks raised attention online, the president suddenly shifted with a tweet that appeared to walk back his earlier remarks.
“I will never let our Post Office fail. It has been mismanaged for years, especially since the advent of the internet and modern-day technology,” Trump tweeted. “The people that work there are great, and we’re going to keep them happy, healthy, and well!”