President Trump, who recently slammed the US Postal Service as a "joke," will soon have an ally leading the agency. Louis DeJoy, a Republican fundraiser and staunch Trump supporter, will take charge as the new postmaster general on June 15. The USPS says the board of governors has unanimously appointed DeJoy, who is currently in charge of fundraising for the Republican National Convention, CNN reports. The Trump administration has been pushing for changes at the USPS as it negotiates an emergency $10 billion loan approved by Congress in a coronavirus relief package, the Washington Post reports. Last month, Trump accused Amazon of taking advantage of the USPS and said the agency should quadruple its prices.
DeJoy, former CEO of New Breed Logistics, has donated more than $2 million to the Trump campaign and other GOP causes since 2016. "Having worked closely with the Postal Service for many years, I have a great appreciation for this institution and the dedicated workers who faithfully execute its mission," he said in a statement. The USPS recently warned that it would run out of cash by the end of September without help from Congress. Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly, chairman of the House Government Operations Subcommittee, criticized the appointment of a "partisan donor," Politico reports. "The Postal Service is in crisis and needs real leadership and someone with knowledge of the issues," he said Wednesday night. "This crony doesn’t cut it." (Read more US Postal Service stories.)