News appeared that President Donald Trump supposedly personally forced Postmaster General Megan Brennan to double that which it fees Amazon.com and other companies to send packages. That’s a shockingly direct effort to harm a U.S. company by a sitting president, particularly as even Trump’s allies have acknowledged that his continuing campaign against Amazon and CEO Jeff Bezos is motivated mostly by a political and personal grudge.
The reports about Brennan make the private character of Trump’s announcements more clear than ever before. Trump has framed his position on shipping charges because of defense against their Post Office, which he claims will be losing money on its contract with Amazon. But Brennan herself has allegedly tried to convince the president he is incorrect.