After threats of arrest by Congress, the U.S. Postmaster General does a turnabout by working toward convincing American users about mail-in voting safety.
Louis DeJoy, the current head of the U.S. Postal Services (USPS) had previously ordered changes in U.S. post offices, which resulted in widespread disruptions of postal services throughout the country. DeJoy did so at the behest of Donald Trump, who has openly declared war against the USPS as a way to prevent mail-in voting in the forthcoming general elections.
However, DeJoy apparently was not prepared to face the wrath of Congress and its threat of ordering his arrest, as he had quickly changed the tone of his directives. He quickly suspended implementation of all changes in post office operational systems until after the results of the November general election are in. Still, DeJoy is scheduled to appear in two Congressional hearings scheduled on Friday (August 21) and on Monday (August 24.)
DeJoy Does a Turnabout by Going Against Trump’s Allegations of Mail-In Voting Fraud
In preparation for the Congressional hearing, U.S. Postmaster General DeJoy quickly took actions that would put him in a better light. Controversy erupted after several post office workers, through their unions, leaked information about the changes and disruptions taking place in U.S. postal offices.
The ensuing uproar led to an emergency closed-door meeting with members of the Postal Service Board of Governors, CNN gathered from a source that the Postal Service agency has engaged the services of Public Relations company, Weber Shandwick. The move to hire the PR firm is to carry out a crisis messaging campaign aimed at combating the misinformation being spread by Trump against the Postal Service and the alleged frauds related to mail-in voting.
Presumably the first step that DeJoy is about to carry under the guidance of the PR firm is the public service announcements that DeJoy will hold in local television stations in September. DeJoy is set to appear along with the leaders of several related union organizations such as the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, the National Association of Letter Carriers, the National Rural Mail Carrier Association and many other unions of different regions.
In the meantime, the Postmaster General is said to be personally seeking an audience with Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.