Not Even Fox News Believes Trump's Talking Point About Amazon and the Post Office

Even a Fox News host is fact checking President Trump, who says the post office is “losing billions of dollars, and the taxpayers are paying,” because of Amazon’s delivery system.

Fox News host Shepard Smith recently stated, “The Postal Service’s own numbers show it makes money by delivering packages for Amazon and other companies. As for taxpayers, the Post Office’s own website points out, and I quote, ‘The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses.” None. And that reference to $1.47 that the president came up with there, a Citigroup study last year showed on average, the Postal Service was charging $1.46 below market rates for packaged delivery. But our researchers point out, if that discount exists, it’s not for Amazon, it’s a bulk rate discount!”

Amazon’s stock dropped 4% after Trump’s false tweets. But MSNBC host Chris Hayes pointed out, “The United States Post Office is Amazon’s ‘Delivery Boy,’ it is literally their job to deliver items to people. It’s not ‘cause they’re like, new on the job and low on the totem pole. It’s what they do.”

Amazon is owned by Jeff Bezos who also owns the Washington Post — an aspect some argue may be the motivation behind Trump’s attacks.