New Postmaster General Louis DeJoy defended the U.S. Postal Service’s independence from the Trump administration and stated that the company has ample capability to deal with an inflow of mailed ballots within the coming election.
Mr. DeJoy’s feedback Friday got here because the company reported one other deep quarterly loss, stemming from each longstanding monetary issues and contemporary challenges from working throughout the coronavirus pandemic, which has elevated prices amid a lower in mail quantity.
For the quarter from April 1 to June 30, the Postal Service reported complete income of $17.6 billion, a rise of three.2% in contrast with the identical interval final yr. The online loss for the quarter dipped to $2.2 billion from $2.three billion the prior yr.
The appointment of Mr. DeJoy, a former logistics government and donor to President Trump’s marketing campaign and the Republican Occasion, has elevated scrutiny of the Postal Service. Latest efforts to curtail time beyond regulation and different prices have led to supply delays in elements of the nation, in line with postal-union representatives and a enterprise affiliation. Some Democrats and elections consultants are involved the cost-saving modifications might disrupt voting by mail.
Mr. DeJoy, talking to a Postal Service board of governors assembly performed remotely, stated: “The notion that I’d ever make selections regarding the Postal Service on the course of the president, or anybody else within the administration, is wholly off-base.”