President Donald Trump has made no secret of his distaste for the New York Times and The Washington Post — but he can’t stop reading them. And while he hasn’t slung much mud in the direction of the Ochs-Sulzberger family, owner of the Times, he has shown no such restraint with Post owner Jeff Bezos.
Bezos, the world’s richest man, is best known for owning online retail giant Amazon. Amazon uses the US Postal Service for the final leg of many of its deliveries in the US. Amazon undertakes all transport from their warehouses to the post offices nearest the delivery destination itself.
Since his inauguration, Trump has reportedly met four times with the US Postmaster General Megan Brennan with the express purpose of doubling the rates charged to deliver Amazon’s packages. None of these meetings have been listed on Trump’s public calendar.
Brennan has thus far resisted Trump’s requests, and advised the president that Amazon’s rates are determined by contracts that would have to be renegotiated by a regulatory commission. She also advised the president that the Postal Service’s relationship with Amazon is beneficial to her organization, and went so far as to have a visual presentation prepared to illustrate her points.
But regardless of the evidence, Trump is certain that Amazon’s contract with the Postal Service does not charge the company enough. In addition to Brennan’s explanations and presentation, the Post reported that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, then-National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and Domestic Policy Council Director Andrew Bremberg were among Amazon’s defenders in the administration. Cohn has since resigned.