President Donald Trump continued his feud with the Amazon corporation by insisting that the U.S. post office is being fleeced by the company.
I am right about Amazon costing the United States Post Office massive amounts of money for being their Delivery Boy. Amazon should pay these costs (plus) and not have them bourne by the American Taxpayer. Many billions of dollars. P.O. leaders don’t have a clue (or do they?)!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2018
Trump continues to maintain that Amazon is taking advantage of the U.S. post office and is generally unfair to brick and mortar small businesses in local communities. The president previously claimed that the post office loses money on every package it delivers for Amazon:
While we are on the subject, it is reported that the U.S. Post Office will lose $1.50 on average for each package it delivers for Amazon. That amounts to Billions of Dollars. The Failing N.Y. Times reports that “the size of the company’s lobbying staff has ballooned,” and that…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 31, 2018
The genesis of Trump’s claim regarding the post office and Amazon appears to come from a 2017 WSJ op-ed which claims “select high-volume shippers are able to drop off presorted packages at the local Postal Service depot for ‘last mile’ delivery at cut-rate prices,” and further explained, “my analysis of available data suggests that around two-thirds of Amazon’s domestic deliveries are made by the Postal Service. It’s as if Amazon gets a subsidized space on every mail truck.”