Trump’s false claim about Amazon-USPS deal makes PolitiFact’s 2018 Top 10 list

Donald Trump’s claim that the USPS was losing money on its deal with Amazon was rated “FALSE” by Politifact, and made the fact checker’s Top 10 list for 2018:

No. 10: Trump said, “Only fools, or worse, are saying that our money losing Post Office makes money with Amazon. THEY LOSE A FORTUNE, and this will be changed.”

In an April 2 tweet, Trump said the Post Office loses a fortune on packages it delivers for the online shopping giant Amazon.

The Postal Service reported a net loss of $2.7 billion for 2017, but package delivery was one of the few growth areas. Deals with private shippers like Amazon brought in $7 billion And the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act made it illegal for USPS to price parcel delivery below its cost.

The Postal Service’s contract with Amazon remains confidential, but an independent regulatory commission that reviews their deals annually gave it a green light.

Maybe the agency could negotiate a better deal, but the one it has runs in the black. We rated this claim False.

Source: PolitiFact’s top 10 fact-checks of 2018

  • postalnews

    I think you might want to check your math. According to you, a small post office with one route could only deliver 32 packages a day- four packages per hour in an eight hour day. And that wouldn’t make time for any letters those customers might receive. I don’t know where you work, but my carrier delivered a hell of a lot more than 32 packages a day during Christmas, along with her usual mail, and seemed to manage OK.

    You also need to specify when you think Trump wasn’t wrong. Was it when he claimed USPS was losing money on Amazon? Or was it when his hand-picked “task force” DIDN’T find any evidence of that claim? It’s got to be one or the other!