White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Postmaster General Louis DeJoy didn’t speak with President Donald Trump before announcing his decision to hold off on making changes to the U.S. Postal Services operations, The Hill reports.
"The postmaster general did that on his own," Meadows told reporters on DeJoy’s Tuesday decision to pause any changes to the USPS until after the November election.
"That was an independent decision that was made by the postmaster general and the board of governors... And really it's more from an appearance standpoint more than anything else," Meadows said.
Meadows reiterated that DeJoy and Trump had not spoken about the change in plans. Meadows had suggested to reporters on board Air Force One late Tuesday that he was personally aware the delay was coming, per an earlier conversation.
On Tuesday, DeJoy said he would stop any changes to USPS operations from taking place until after the election in order to quell concerns raised by both political parties. Lawmakers have raised concerns about mail delays ahead of the election. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, more voters are expected to cast their ballots by mail.
His announcement came after Trump spent days defending DeJoy’s plan to change the way the service operates.
According to the postmaster, retail hours at post offices will remain the same, mail processing equipment and collection boxes would not be removed and no mail processing facilities would be closed.
"To avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail, I am suspending these initiatives until after the election is concluded," DeJoy said in a statement.
He added that the changes will go into place after the election.
"I came to the Postal Service to make changes to secure the success of this organization and its long-term sustainability," he said. "I believe significant reforms are essential to that objective, and work toward those reforms will commence after the election."
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