Trump news live: Latest Twitter and 2020 election updates as it emerges Donald and Ivanka donated to Kamala Harris

Trump news live: Latest Twitter and 2020 election updates as it emerges Donald and Ivanka donated to Kamala Harris


Trump news live: Latest Twitter and 2020 election updates as it emerges Donald and Ivanka donated to Kamala Harris

Trump news live: Latest Twitter and 2020 election updates as it emerges Donald and Ivanka donated to Kamala Harris

President destabilising US Postal Service

Donald Trump has been accused of destabilising the US Postal Service – and in doing so, the processing of mail-ballots during November’s election – through a Trump-appointed postmaster.

New postmaster general Louis DeJoy, who has donated $2.7 million to the US president and other Republicans since 2017, has ordered operational changes and a clampdown on overtime in a bid to fix the financially troubled service, which reported a net loss of $2.2 billion in the last quarter.

The reorganisation, introduced in July, has resulted in thousands of delayed letters in southern Maine, as delivery drivers follow a new directive to leave on time, even if the mail has not been loaded.

That is according to Scott Adams, who represents some 550 workers as the president of American Postal Worker Union Local 458.

“One aspect of these changes that may be difficult for employees is that – temporarily – we may see mail left behind or mail on the workroom floor or docks,” says one internal memo, dated July 10, and seen by Reuters.

The postal service shake-up also includes the elimination of 64 million working hours nationally to reduce personnel costs, according to another memo.

Mr DeJoy promise to USPS managers last week that “We will aggressively monitor and quickly address service issues,” have not lowered concerns that the postmaster wants to undermine confidence in the Postal Service before the Nov. 3 election, when coronavirus concerns may prompt up to half of all US voters to cast their ballots by mail.

Democrats in Congress are calling on the Postal Service to reverse the changes, saying they threatened to interrupt Americans from receiving paychecks and absentee voting.

Mr Trump, who has voted by mail himself, has repeatedly said without evidence that the method could lead to widespread fraud. Election experts say it is as secure as any other method.

Reuters


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